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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: Nice
By The0ne on 12/26/2008 11:18:24 AM , Rating: 2
Don't get upset because you made such a stupid comment about the big 3. I don't know everything and I don't like them as much as you do but at least I have the common sense to see see that not ALL of their vehicles are poor in workmanship and quality. Your frustration and or hatred towards their vehicles probably runs too deep, in which case I would suggest meditation or attending tons of lean/six sigma seminars where the auto-industry are used as examples.

Been there, they are still junk compared to Japanese vehicles.

This plain comment you've made is why being an ASE master ex-mechinic is a joke. If this isn't an indication of fanboy or another I don't know what. Clearly, if you had more common sense you would at least had to agree that there are a few vehicles are well made and there are a few vehicles from the foreign makers that are not.

For example, Mitsubishi isn't failing because of the crisis at hand. They've been failing because of poor workmanship and quality issues over last few years. They're fortunate they haven't retreated to being only in Japan, yet.

I wouldn't be surprise if you tell me Hyundai sucks as well then I would have to explain why they aren't. But hey, whatever floats your boat in your safe place there. If common sense isn't going to change your point on view here I HIGHLY suggest you don't respond to ANY articles related to auto's. Why? Because you already "know" the big 3 vehicles sucks no matter what. There is not discussion, much like your other posts telling people to "get over it and move on", because you "don't care about anyone."

You see a tread with your responses here on Daily Tech or are you truly blind to your own comments?

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