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Ford lives up to the hype with the Fusion Hybrid

DailyTech has talked about the Ford Fusion Hybrid on two previous occasions. With each article, the car has grown even more impressive.

When DailyTech first visited the Fusion Hybrid, Ford boldly predicted that the vehicle would top the Toyota Camry Hybrid in the city by 5 MPG. A month later, we reported that auto journalists were able to extract 43 MPG from the Fusion Hybrid in city testing while a Ford engineer managed an even more impressive 46 MPG.

For once, it appears that an auto manufacturer is actually living up to the hype. The EPA has officially released mileage figures for the Fusion Hybrid and the vehicle does better than even Ford's initial projections of 38 MPG. In fact, the vehicle is rated at 41 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway -- 8 MPG and 2 MPG better respectively than the Camry Hybrid.

The Fusion Hybrid is able to achieve high ratings in the city thanks to its fuel efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, CVT transmission, second generation hybrid system, and a lighter and more powerful battery pack.

"It's not just one thing, but thousands... We've optimized the heck out of that vehicle, it's individual components," said Fusion Hybrid program leader Praveen Cherian.

Ford's Fusion Hybrid can travel up to 47 MPH on battery power alone and will start at $27,270.

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RE: modern Diesels are even more impressive IMO
By The0ne on 12/23/2008 7:10:37 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with your points. Those nowadays (youngsters mainly) that claim diesel to be foul smelling and noisy are really referring the the 70's, 80's. These from trucks, as you've mentioned and also from buses :)

There was a time when diesel wasn't that expensive compared to your premium 92 gasoline price. A 0.20 to 0.30 cents difference from 89.

And I guess some readers missed your comment
...there's only trickle of cars coming to the US

Meaning there are/might be a few diesel vehicles.

RE: modern Diesels are even more impressive IMO
By Spuke on 12/23/2008 7:25:41 PM , Rating: 2
There was a time when diesel wasn't that expensive compared to your premium 92 gasoline price.
Currently, the price difference isn't that great. it's about a 30 cent difference where I live.

Meaning there are/might be a few diesel vehicles.
The Jetta is the cheapest although I just read that there will be a Rabbit TDI (aka Golf...why they changed the name again I have NO idea).

By The0ne on 12/26/2008 11:00:02 AM , Rating: 2
The market for Rabbit were mainly by girls, especially the convertible ones. From history itself I would think they're banking on it again :) much like the beetle did to older generations :D

By vulcanproject on 12/23/2008 7:43:30 PM , Rating: 2
i am a mechanic. seeing the evolution of small diesel engines from the smoking, terrible starting, clattering commercial derivatives that hit the market in the 1970's to working on state of the art german/french/japanese/european units today has been an eyeopening experience.

my old man was incredulous when he first visited america in the navy, driving a diesel landie belonging to the ark royal 4 onto american soil and upon visiting the nearest off base filling station, proceeding to pump diesel oblivious to the stir in the kiosk. the attendant flew out, waving his arms maniacally. thinking the old man was pumping diesel into a petrol powered vehicle! lol. he was amazed to see such a small vehicle with diesel power, it just didnt exist in north america.

the landies were aliens, and this was decades ago. since then diesel power has become insanely sophisticated but just as alien to north america. im not suggesting americans should immediately switch to diesel, im just saying many need to see exactly what a truly modern diesel vehicle CAN be like. because like that attendant, i bet they would be absolutely knocked sideways, but by the refinement achieved, in contrast to all the things they have ever heard about the characteristics 20 years ago.

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