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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 Alexvrb on 12/23/2008 10:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
With regard to maintenence costs, these modern diesels can be expensive. Long service intervals mean little if the service required is very costly. I don't know if the emissions systems required to make some of these diesels legal here would require extra maintenence. However I can tell you that these new diesels require costly 5w40 fully synthetic diesel-formulated oil, and they typically have larger sumps than a comparable gas engine. The filters are also more expensive, sometimes MUCH more expensive.


By vulcanproject on 1/2/2009 5:33:19 PM , Rating: 2
so you run an american diesel vehicle?

typical service costs here (uk) of a diesel vehicle versus a petrol vehicle is roughly the same. insignificant differences. and i deal with maybe 20 service bills a week in the garage i work. happy?

you could factor all sorts in too which isnt mentioned here, like how diesel vehicles usually cost more to buy (fair point), but typically depreciate less. depreciation is the largest cost of running a vehicle, if you wasnt aware


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