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2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid  (Source: Ford)
The vehicle achieves the electric equivalent of 108/92/100 MPGe city/highway/combined respectively

In a continuous effort to beat Toyota's Prius, Ford has announced a new 100 MPG Fusion.

Ford said its latest version of the 2013 Fusion, the plug-in hybrid model called the Fusion Energi, achieves the electric equivalent of 108/92/100 MPGe city/highway/combined respectively. This beats Toyota's Prius plug-in, which gets 95 MPGe combined.

“The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is the exclamation point for Ford’s transformed lineup of fuel-efficiency leaders that now beats Toyota across the board,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development at Ford.

According to Ford, drivers can save about $6,850 on gas over a five-year period with the Fusion Energi.

Ford currently has a regular gas Fusion, two turbocharged EcoBoost models and a hybrid version of the Fusion. The 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid recently scored an EPA certified 47 MPG combined.

However, Ford was recently hit with a class-action lawsuit for alleged false and misleading marketing campaigns for the 2013 C-MAX and Fusion hybrid vehicles. McCuneWright, a law firm based in California, was the one to launch the suit. C-MAX customer Richard Pitkin purchased a C-Max Hybrid vehicle in October and alleged that he only averaged 37 MPG during that time, which is significantly lower than the EPA rating of 47 MPG.

Despite that hiccup, Ford sees a healthy future in regards to sales. Ford predicts hybrid/electric vehicle sales to exceed 19,000 in Q4 2012. That's more than half of the entire year's hybrid sales.

Source: Ford

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By Rage187 on 12/31/2012 9:25:26 AM , Rating: 2
whatever money you would save in gas, they jack up the price of the car that much, plus the cost of the equipment. So, not only do you end up paying $30,000+ for an OK car but you never really save anything in gas as you are paying for it plus the batteries in the car payment.

By Shig on 12/31/2012 2:24:58 PM , Rating: 2
In 2013 we're going to see a lot of plug-in hybrids, wait for the competition to kick in and pickup a really good lease. Chevy was offering leases at losses a couple months ago on the Volt. These companies will basically pay you for electrified vehicle brand recognition.

By Mint on 12/31/2012 9:20:29 PM , Rating: 2
It probably isn't much of a loss. A used Volt not only saves gas, but the engine has only put on about 1/4 of the mileage on the odometer, so it'll have higher resale value. So far it's GM's most reliable car.

Leases allow a more direct comparison of running costs for EVs, because the manufacturer can calculate depreciation and take on risk whereas people who buy a car outright want a payback in maybe ~5 years.

By Nutzo on 1/2/2013 11:11:57 AM , Rating: 2
No, they where leasing at a loss to try and build market share due to the poor sells rate of the Volt. The number one market (outside of the government) for Volts is California, and the number one reason people in California buy the Volt, is so they can use the carpool lanes.

By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 1/2/2013 5:58:08 PM , Rating: 2
The jury's still out on 3-5 year residuals on Volt, sans subsidies of course!

(though it'll be interesting to see interstate arbitrage given the different state-level subsidies available..)

By Mint on 1/3/2013 3:12:11 PM , Rating: 2
Whether you look at it from the consumer's POV or GM's, of course subsidies need to be included. If the same Volt sold for $50k, would resale value be any higher? Barely, because a used car sells for whatever a used car buyer is willing to pay for it in the face of so many other options. Nobody cares what original MSRP was for a used car.

We'll see if GM guessed right. I bet a lot of people will pay many thousands more for a 3 year old Volt over another 3 year old car whose previous owner payed higher lease rates.

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