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2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2012 Ford Mondeo
Ford looks to get a boost thanks to lithium-ion batteries

It's no secret that all auto manufactures are looking to boost the fuel efficiency of their vehicles thanks to looming CAFE requirements. Companies are looking at a wide variety of options from diesels to hybrids to fully electric vehicles to downsized gasoline engines with turbochargers. 

Ford is using traditional, naturally aspirated engines in the subcompact Fiesta and compact Focus to achieve roughly 30 mpg in the city and around 40 mpg on the highway. Likewise, the current generation Fusion Hybrid is no slouch either, with a city rating of 41 mpg and a highway rating of 36 mpg. 

However, according to Ford Inside News, Ford is looking to boost the city fuel economy of the next generation Fusion Hybrid to as high as 48 mpg. That would put it within striking distance of the eccentric Toyota Prius, which is rated at 51 mpg in the city. There's no word on how much the highway fuel economy will increase, but we'd guess that an even 40 mpg isn't out of reach. 

Ford should be able to hit these fuel economy targets thanks to a new lithium-ion battery pack which will replace the existing nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) unit. The lithium-ion battery pack should be lighter and more compact, which should help keep overall weight down and reclaim some cargo space (the current Fusion Hybrid has a mere 11.8 cu ft of trunk space compared to 16.5 cu ft for its non-hybrid counterpart).

The next generation Fusion is expected to be unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and will go on sale shortly thereafter. The 2013 Fusion will be a unifying design as it will replace both the North American Fusion and the Mondeo which is sold in Europe.

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RE: Fusion is sweet
By Smilin on 6/14/2011 12:06:26 PM , Rating: 3
10 years ago I said, "I'll never ever buy a Ford." and I meant it. I wouldn't even look to see what they were selling.

Now though a lot has changed. Their quality has been climbing steadily, their models are actually looking good, and they seem to be on track for hitting the new CAFE standards, and Sync is holding it's own against BMW/Benz. I also give them props for having their house in order enough to stay afloat when the economy tanked.

The Mrs. is now looking at a new Explorer to replace the Acura MDX. I've been eyeballing the Mustangs but will likely stick with another Infiniti G (maybe.. Elise is tempting but not a comfy ride).

RE: Fusion is sweet
By InsGadget on 6/14/2011 2:41:34 PM , Rating: 2
I would agree, and in fact I put my wallet where my mouth was and bought a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid 4x4 a few years ago. I love this thing; not only can I go just about anywhere with the 4wd, but the hybrid has my lifetime gas mileage somewhere around 30 mpg. Try that with any other 4x4.

All around, the fit and finish is great; Ford really has turned a corner in my book.

RE: Fusion is sweet
By Pirks on 6/14/2011 2:58:04 PM , Rating: 1
That mileage advantage is much less than you spent upfront on electrical powertrain + battery plus the battery replacement costs later when it dies in a few years. Hybrids are a waste of money, green waste for sure since they are cleaner and stuff but still, any pure gas engine is way cheaper in the long run. If you have no better way to spend money then hybrid is mighty cool, otherwise...

RE: Fusion is sweet
By Smilin on 6/14/2011 3:07:54 PM , Rating: 2
You assume Gas is going to stay at just $4/gal. Could be double digits during the life of that vehicle.

RE: Fusion is sweet
By Pirks on 6/14/2011 4:49:58 PM , Rating: 1
or could be not :P good luck gambling on insane gas price this way hehe :))

RE: Fusion is sweet
By omnicronx on 6/14/2011 7:58:44 PM , Rating: 2
I 100% agree.. Heck even 2-3 years ago aside from the Fusion, I don't think I would have given Ford a second look.

Just bought a new 2012 Focus Hatchback and when people get inside, feel how heavy the doors are, and look at the exterior, they can't believe its a Ford.

RE: Fusion is sweet
By Pirks on 6/14/11, Rating: 0
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