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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 rudy on 12/28/2008 1:42:31 PM , Rating: 2
The US does have diesel cars anyone can buy one if they choose and some do, I recently had the choice and opted not to the main concern was that everything was more expensive on them. More expensive to buy, more expensive to fix, and depending on the price of fuel more expensive to run. They say the engines last longer but when the price is that much more to fix it does not matter. And companies like Mercedes only offer the same lame warranty on their diesel engines meaning that what every they say about them lasting longer they are not willing to back up. And that tells you everything you need to know about how long they last. So basically what you wish is true in the US we have diesel cars and gas stations people do have a choice they choose not to use it.

Diesel is like Apple computers everything about it is more expensive but they have their fanatics that are dead set on imposing their ideals on everyone else.

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