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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 Samus on 6/14/2011 1:57:34 PM , Rating: 2
Because of the way import/export tariffs influence imported vehicles, it costs manufacturers approximately $4,000 more per vehicle to build them here opposed to importing them.

That's why the Japanese have an edge, and that is also why their trucks, which are assembled in San Antonio, TX, can't compete with the F150 or any other truck on price:profit, that and the Tundra is crap. The Tacoma on the other hand.,,

Depreciation aside, I've always felt it is better in the long run to buy American, because the maintenance is cheaper, parts are readily available, and historically mechanics know how to work on them because they are more common designs. Of course with Toyota's Camry over the last decade, that doesn't hold completely true as it is a simple design and there are millions of working examples of them, but even still, my Mom had to wait 5 weeks to get a replacement power seat motor for her Camry last year...and my friend Matt is STILL waiting on his Scion xB rims he ordered in May that have been delayed from the Tsunami disaster.

I can walk into a Ford dealer and pickup any sensor, pigtail connector or virtually any non-body panel or custom order part for less than Toyota would charge for their Denso-equivilent and make me wait 1-2 weeks for.

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