Tuesday, September 18, 2012

EPA-Certified 47 Mpg All-Around For Fusion Hybrid

Published September 18, 2012

By Philippe Crowe


2013 Fusion Hybrid.

The all-new Ford Fusion Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in America with an EPA-certified 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined fuel economy rating.

The Fusion Hybrid tops the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg highway and 4 mpg city, and delivers the highest-ever fuel economy numbers in city and highway driving for a midsize sedan.

“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” said 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 all-new Fusion brings a wide range of powertrain options unseen since the early eighties in the U.S. midsize segment.

The Fusion will be offered in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants and two fuel-efficient EcoBoost four-cylinder engines. In addition, the Fusion is available with Ford’s patented Auto Start-Stop system, which automatically shuts off the engine at stationary idle to help save customers even more fuel in stop-and-go city driving.

The Fusion will be available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations with both six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions.

“Ford is bringing power of choice to midsize sedan buyers,” says Mark Fields, president of The Americas. “More than 2 million customers this year will purchase midsize cars. Our new Fusion delivers the fuel savings people truly want and value, with technologies that cost two to three times the price on some German sedans.”

Fuel economy numbers for the Fusion lineup are:

• Hybrid: 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, 47 mpg combined

• 1.6-liter EcoBoost: 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, 29 mpg combined

• 2.0-liter EcoBoost: 22 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, 26 mpg combined

• 2.5-liter: 22 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, 26 mpg combined

• Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: Projected 100-plus MPGe (miles-per-gallon equivalent)

The Fusion Hybrid features two additional innovations to help deliver industry-best fuel efficiency: Ford’s patented SmartGauge with EcoGuide that coaches drivers for top fuel efficiency; and ECO Cruise, a greener cruise control functionality that helps optimize powertrain elements for convenient yet economical highway travel.

The Fusion Hybrid achieves a top speed of 62 mph in electric or EV mode and also has Active Grille Shutters, which make the car more aerodynamic at highway speeds to improve fuel efficiency. An underbody with aerodynamically designed panels provides even better fuel efficiency.

For those interested in learning more, Ford has setup the Ford Fusion Story Web site, a special mobile site featuring articles, videos and graphics related to the new Fusion.


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