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2013 Ford Fusion EcoBoost 2.0
Ford assaults the midsize sedan market with the 2013 Fusion

The next generation Ford Fusion has been a highly anticipated vehicle in the auto industry. The midsize sedan market has been heating up and Ford needed to bring its A-Game in order to stay competitive. Well we can safely say that Ford did indeed bring its A-Game, and may end up sending its competitors back to the drawing board early in the powertrain department.
 
The new Fusion lineup which now consists solely of four-cylinder engines:
  • 2.5-liter naturally aspirated (170hp/170 lb-ft)
  • 1.6-liter EcoBoost (179hp/172 lb-ft)
  • 2.0-liter EcoBoost (237hp/250 lb-ft)
  • 2.0-liter naturally aspirated (Atkinson-cycle) hybrid
  • 2.0-liter naturally aspirated (Atkinson-cycle) plug-in hybrid 
The 1.6-liter EcoBoost will deliver 26mpg in the city and 37mpg on the highway, topping all non-hybrid competitors.


2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
 
Likewise, the new Fusion Hybrid with the normally aspirated 2.0-liter engine will now deliver 47mpg in the city and 44mpg on the highway. The increased fuel economy (from 41/36) comes from the downsized engine (the old Fusion Hybrid used an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine) and a new lithium-ion battery pack. Thanks to the more powerful battery, the Fusion Hybrid can now travel at up to 62mph on battery power alone.
 
For comparison (city/highway):

2013 Ford Fusion Energi

As for the Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid, Ford will only say that it will be rated for 100 MPGe, which makes it more efficient than a Chevrolet Volt.
 
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost will take the place of the previous V6 engine. Although fuel economy numbers haven't yet been released for this model, there's no doubt that the 2.0-liter EcoBoost will offer similar performance while sipping less fuel. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost will also be available in FWD and AWD variants.
 
And we can't forget the dramatic new styling direction with the Fusion. Gone is the Gillette-esque grille that has been replaced with a nose that wouldn't seem out of place on an Aston Martin. There's no doubt the 2013 Ford Fusion will be the most dramatically styled mainstream sedan on the market, and consumers won't have to drive "design-challenged" vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight to get incredible fuel economy across the board.

2013 Ford Fusion interior 

When it comes to technology, the Fusion Hybrid will be available with SYNC, the much-maligned MyFord Touch infotainment system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, and blind spot monitoring.

The 2013 Ford Fusion will be in U.S. showrooms in the latter half of 2012.

Source: Ford



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RE: Impressive... but...
By Iaiken on 1/9/2012 12:44:42 PM , Rating: 0
quote:
We will NOT buy from ObamaMotors as a matter of principle.


Seems like someone needs a history lesson because your facts are backwards.

quote:
December 19, 2008: President Bush approved a bailout plan and gave General Motors and Chrysler $13.4 billion in financing from TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program) funds, as well as $4 billion to be "withdrawn later."


The TARP loans were comprised of a debt-equity swap and it was, in fact, Bush who caused the American people to take an ownership stake in GM. Obama then inherited a GM that was still burning through bridge loans from the US Treasury at an alarming rate. Six months later, GM is forced into court-supervised restructuring after failing to meet key conditions of the original TARP loan in regards to debt reduction.

During the restructuring 1, GM petitions Congress for a further 16.6 billion dollars, via debt-equity swap, that will also allow the US government to retain it's equity from the previous loan, Congress rejects the initial plan as it calls for cutting 47,000 jobs. GM petitions bond holders to exchange debt-for-equity, almost all of the the bond holders refuse. GM then comes before Congress with a second plan, but with the government taking a $19.4 billion stake in exchange for smaller job cuts (7000), shutting down Pontiac and selling Hummer, Opel, Saturn and Saab, Congress accepts.

Three months later, GM files for bankruptcy protection. The court approves the sale of all GM assets/trademarks to a new entity, bondholders that refused the previous debt-equity-swaps are left to fight over the scraps of the "old GM" (mostly banks and hedge funds). Had even half of these bond holders gone with the debt equity swaps, the government would have only had a 41% stake (20% from Bush, 21% from Obama) in GM instead of the 61% (29% Bush, 32% Obama) it wound up with.

So to say that either Bush or Obama deserves most of the credit/blame for the GM fiasco is completely dishonest because GM is still here. GM is turning a profit, has replayed the outstanding loans and is employing 200,000 Americans directly and nearly another 200,000 indirectly (suppliers, dealers, etc). The US Government has since sold half of it's common stock and all of it's preferred stock. By all accounts, it would have been a lot worse if neither Bush nor Obama had done anything.


RE: Impressive... but...
By FredEx on 1/9/2012 2:57:01 PM , Rating: 1
Very well said, thanks for showing the FACTS!


RE: Impressive... but...
By Dr of crap on 1/9/2012 3:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry - have to disagree with the repay the loan part.

Remember when they SAID they repaid the loan, only to have it come out that the used other loan/govt funds to pay the first govt funds.

So they haven't repaid us yet, but everyone thinks they did.


RE: Impressive... but...
By Iaiken on 1/9/2012 5:49:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Remember when they SAID they repaid the loan, only to have it come out that the used other loan/govt funds to pay the first govt funds.


I guess that depends entirely on how you want to spin it...

Of a $7.1 billion loan. $400 million was paid immediately from sales of assets. Of the remaining $6.7 billion, another $2 billion was serviced as part of regular operations on the original schedule to be repaid by July 2015. The remaining balance of $4.7 billion was then made due on June 30, 2010. GM then repaid that amount from an investment escrow account held by General Motors Financial Company, Inc. This was money that GM was using to finance loans and leases for cars to customers or for a rainy day.

If you want to see this as something sinister, then by all means do so, but they didn't borrow from Peter to pay Paul as you seem to put it. In actuality, GM borrowed too much from Paul in the first place and repaid him out of that when he came knocking.


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