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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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By dubyadubya on 12/23/2008 10:55:10 PM , Rating: 1
Yup Yup Yup. But you can only get so many gallons of diesel fuel out or a barrel of crude. I can't remember the exact amount per barrel but it is much less than the amount of gasoline. So what are we supposed to do, buy more crude oil so we can increase production of diesel fuel then resell the gasoline to make up the difference? makes no sense the me.

By the time you factor in the added expense for the diesel powertrain, the premium price you have to pay for diesel fuel its just not worth it unless you need a truck. Diesels in cold climates need different fuel blends or at least additives. In general diesel engines have way more starting problems in cold climates than gasoline engines do. Sure you can plug them in but its just one more thing to deal with.

One last thing unrelated to your comment but related to others.
Many are bashing the Big Three for no fucking reason!!!
The trouble is Dumb Ass Americans that wanted to drive a 1 ton truck to work and back. What were the big Three to do, you guessed it build big ass vehicles. You must build products the public will buy! Many people say they should of thought ahead. Look it takes close to 2 years to change production over from 1 ton trucks to scooters. How the hell could the big Three know when to switch, a fucking crystal ball? Plus you can't pre engineer vehicles for production for when your crystal ball tells switch over.

The Big Three got hosed from all sides. The UAW is sucking them dry. The US government has done nothing to help create a level playing field. The economy is in the dumps and the dumb ass public that wanted a 1 ton trucks now wants a high MPG vehicle but has no money to buy one. Go figure

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