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Ford bests Toyota in hybrid efficiency

Ford has announced that the official EPA fuel efficiency numbers are in for its new midsize 2013 Fusion Hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid is now the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in the country with an EPA rating of 47 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 47 mpg combined.
Those numbers top the Toyota Camry Hybrid by eight mpg on the highway and 4 mpg in the city. Ford continues to utilize efficient gasoline engines, electric motors, and lithium-ion batteries to allow its hybrid vehicles to achieve the same fuel efficiency on the highway as they're able to achieve in the city.

The EPA numbers surpassed Ford's previous estimates.
“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” says Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”

The 2013 Fusion Hybrid is capable of traveling up to 62 mph on electricity alone. The car also has Active Grill Shutters to make the car more aerodynamic at highway speeds to help improve fuel efficiency. The hybrid also has an underbody with an aerodynamically designed panel to help improve fuel efficiency even further.
“Fusion is a driver’s car,” said Raj Nair, group vice president of Product Development. “We have carefully tuned this car to reward the driving expert and flatter the novice.”

Ford will offer four different versions of the 2013 Fusion. The vehicle will be offered with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine rated for 29 mpg combined. A two-liter EcoBoost engine is available with 26 mpg combined. The 2.5-liter version of the vehicle is rated for 26 mpg combined. The plug-in hybrid version of the Fusion, called the Energi is rated for over 100 MPGe.

Source: Ford

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RE: And the cost ?
By Mint on 9/18/2012 11:16:22 AM , Rating: 1
Because you can't plug it in.

I personally don't get why plugins aren't more ubiquitous. Take this car, add a bigger battery and charger, and you got a PHEV eligible for tax credits that should cover all the extra cost. It should also be incrementally easier to increase performance, too. Let's see how much the Fusion Energi costs.

47 mpg combined is damn impressive, though.

RE: And the cost ?
By Dorkyman on 9/18/2012 11:40:07 AM , Rating: 3
Plugins aren't more ubiquitous because they are beyond the peak on the "bang for the buck" curve, assuming a fair evaluation excluding tax credits and other government interference. Hybrids are closer to that peak.

What is the point in spending and additional $15k up-front in order to save $0.05/mile? And even if you don't personally have to eat that full $15k (forcing the rest of us to do so), it's still a lousy idea.

I like steak. Tell you what, let's have the government subsidize steak so that we can buy it at $0.99/lb. Good idea--after all, it's tasty and full of protein, and we all need protein.

RE: And the cost ?
By Dorkyman on 9/18/2012 11:41:06 AM , Rating: 2
"an," not "and." Sorry.

RE: And the cost ?
By Uncle on 9/18/2012 12:40:19 PM , Rating: 1
May I add, your so called savings will be short lived. Our Capitalist system dictates that a company that reaches a certain level of profits has to equal or exceed that level in the next quarter. So as people move to a higher mpg automobile, so will the oil companies raise their prices at the pump.

RE: And the cost ?
By Dorkyman on 9/18/2012 3:20:38 PM , Rating: 2
With respect, I suggest you take Econ 101. Any local community college will have such a course. Read the chapter called "Supply and demand."

Your comment is not logical.

RE: And the cost ?
By Uncle on 9/18/2012 5:52:12 PM , Rating: 2
Very logical. As supply increases and demand decreases oil companies have to jack up the price at the pumps to continue to make the same or higher profits. Ever notice how you and everyone else does your part to use less electricity, less water, less gas at the pumps, prices continue to rise. In the past with real competition, your argument would hold water. The old Econ101 hasn't been upgraded to include monopolization, oligarchy, etc.

RE: And the cost ?
By Dorkyman on 9/18/2012 6:23:29 PM , Rating: 2
I've never met a capitalist who was directed to "increase profits every year." The whole point is to maximize profit for the shareholders FOR THAT YEAR. If Chevron found that basketweaving could produce a better profit than oil extraction, then they would go into basketweaving.

You incorrectly assume that the oil guys collude with each other to set prices. I can assure you that they do not, with the exception being OPEC, which is just a portion of the world oil market these days. Any upstart with a more-efficient process will be delighted to undercut the market in order to grow and return a bigger profit to its investors.

It's true that we use less fuel in our cars today. All things being equal, that would put downward pressure on the world price of oil. But there are many, many variables involved; auto fuel efficiency is only one (and a small one). China has radically changed in the past decade and there are hundreds of millions of Chinese who are now middle class, with houses and cars like ours. The demand just keeps rising.

One final note: look at natural gas. Price in the USA in just a few years has gone from $8 to $2. Why wouldn't those money-grubbing capitalists just keep the price high and get all those profits? Because they can't control the price--supply and demand do.

RE: And the cost ?
By Uncle on 9/18/2012 9:03:21 PM , Rating: 2
Lets pick natural gas. We have had cheap N Gas for the last, say three yrs and my gas price hasn't gone down its gone up. Each year Fortis has gone to the Utility's commission and received their requests.Well if N Gas has gone down,if anything, give the industry the benefit of the doubt, it should have at least stabilized in the last three yrs.

RE: And the cost ?
By Uncle on 9/18/2012 9:06:59 PM , Rating: 2
"I've never met a capitalist who was directed to "increase profits every year." Wall street would disagree with you. The million dollar bonuses are based on profit or share price increases.

RE: And the cost ?
By Mint on 9/19/2012 2:20:49 AM , Rating: 2
You don't get it. What I'm saying is that it shouldn't be $15k more than a regular hybrid. All you need is a bigger battery and charger.

Regular hybrids have all the complexity of a plugin: electric motor, power electronics, regenerative braking, software control, extra pumps, etc. The MARGINAL cost to make it a plugin should be basically offset by the credits. But why isn't it? Or am I just being impatient, and the Energi variants of the C-Max and Fusion have reasonable prices?

RE: And the cost ?
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 9/18/2012 6:15:53 PM , Rating: 3
You mean like the Energi?

It would probably be a better car for my retired parents than the Volt, as their driving tends more towards long-distance road trips than mine. I do think they'd prefer a Taurus Energi though, for the extra room.

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