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Posted on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 8:01 a.m.

Ford reveals new Fusion with plug-in hybrid option

By Nathan Bomey


Ford is revealing the redesigned version of the Fusion today at the Detroit auto show.

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Ford Motor Co. today revealed the redesigned version of its Fusion sedan with a green twist — the car will be available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time.

Ford said it would offer the Fusion with a traditional engine, a hybrid powertrain or a plug-in hybrid, reflecting the automaker's bid to appeal to customers with a wide range of preferences and pocketbooks.

A plug-in hybrid uses a heavy battery pack to store electricity, boosting the car's fuel efficiency or even allowing the car to travel for a time without using gasoline.

The new vehicle, introduced today at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, boasts a new styling that takes its cues from other vehicles in the company's lineup, including the Fiesta and Focus. Among the largest changes are a distinctly new grill, which is already drawing comparisons to the luxury Aston Martin.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development, said the conventional Fusion would get 37 miles per gallon on the highway with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The hybrid will get at least 47 mpg, he said, while the plug-in hybrid will get more than 100 miles per gallon equivalent — a relatively new measurement developed to give consumers an idea of an electric vehicle's comparable fuel economy.

"Fuel economy is big in the mid-size segment and our customers want choices that meet their driving needs," Kuzak said.

The Fusion is particularly important for Ford because it's the company's top "conquest vehicle," industry jargon used to refer to cars bought by consumers who previously owned a different brand.

Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, said the the Fusion's value on the used car market has risen 35 percent over the past three years.

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Henry Martin Lederman

Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 6:20 p.m.

The new Fusion is a disappointment. It makes the car look like all the rest. It is no longer a distinctive car. I am so happy I purchased a 2012 model. The grill was a trademark of the Ford products-now it is suppose to look like an Aston/Martin's?


Fri, Jan 13, 2012 : 9:13 p.m.



Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 5:36 p.m.

Ford may have sold Jaguar and Aston Martin, but they've clearly hung on to their styling cues.


Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 2:11 p.m.

It's nice that you have a choice to go green or not.

hut hut

Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 4:47 p.m.

And give more of your $$ to Iran and Venezuela if you choose not to.


Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 1:43 p.m.

Front end looks very similar to Aston Martin vehicles, probably no coincidence. Go Green Go White


Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 2:08 p.m.

Actually, the design came from the Eos, a Ford concept car that debuted at the Frankfurt Atuo Show last year. Very nice style lines. It's going to be the same platform as the European Ford Mondeo as well. If you drive on 94 in Dearborn @ Oakwood, you can frequently see this car (as I have) as well as other evaluation vehicles (all covered up with full car bra) outside their vehicle op building. Taurus will be getting a makeover to distinguish itself from the new Fusiuon as well.