introduces a hybrid version of the Fusion.
The new Ford Fusion; a hybrid version is availalbe.
The Fusion hybrid will uses the new power train going into the
2009 Escape. That's an engine enlarged from 2.3 liters to 2.5
liters, combined with the electric motor. Even with the
increased displacement and more power, the engine should
deliver the same (or slightly better) fuel economy.
goodies that are available on some non-hybrid Fusions:
4 wheel disc brakes
SIRIUS® satellite radio
with 6-month subscription included
Audio input jack for
plugging in a portable audio device like an iPod
Traction Control System
Anti-lock brake system
16" or 17”
machined aluminum wheels
Personal Safety System®,
which Ford says helps "protect the driver and front-seat
passenger in certain frontal collisions. Its pretensioners
tighten the front safety belts during the first moments of
a crash, and energy-management retractors gradually
slacken them when necessary to help reduce the force of
the belt on the occupant’s chest."
Interestingly, this model was to be
called the Ford Futura, which was a neat little car Ford made
in the 60's. But another company acquired the rights to this
name, so the car is called Fusion.
hybrid could be a very big model for Ford. It has a lot of
appealing qualities to it. It is very much a main stream
design; a good size, nice, conservative styling, but with a
little European flair. It's a good size and weight, so a
family should feel comfortable in it, but the mileage should
be very good.
updated July 2007, May 2008, June 2009