Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

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    Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Link: http://www.saturnfans.com/cgi-bin/links/jump.cgi?ID=2
    Source: Car & Driver magazine - 02/09 - Page 40

    Article quote on the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid:

    The Highs: Impressive hybrid machinery, major mpg, video cluster invites driver into the game, superb quality.

    The Lows: Loose-feeling CVT on the highway, growling engine on mild acceleration.

    The Verdict: Ford hits one over the fence and into the ionosphere.

    Ford has pulled off a game changer with this 2010 model, creating a high mpg family hauler that's fun to drive. That achievement has two components: First, the machinery is unexpectedly refined - call it Toyota slickness expressed with car-guy soul. Second, the electronic instrument cluster involves the driver, invites you into the hybrid game, and gives you the feedback needed to keep increasing your personal-best mpg number.

    Ford really hit all the marks with this hybrid Fusion, combining excellent fuel economy with slick manners and an engrossing personality. Fun and fuel economy have finally gotten married in a mid-sized sedan.

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    Ford has been touting the Fusion Hybrid's segment-leading 41 mpg rating, which handily beats the Toyota Camry Hybrid. But Fields admitted that Ford cannot get enough batteries to keep up with consumer demand for the vehicle and its sibling, the Mercury Milan Hybrid, let alone the two hybrid SUVs it already has on the market.

    "We are constrained by the amount of components -- including batteries -- that the supply base can provide us," he said. "That said, we will continue to work with suppliers to look at every opportunity to meet demand
    and still provide a good return for the business."

    Analysts doubt Ford is making money on any of its hybrids, but that does not mean they are not important.

    "You cannot overstate the PR significance of those mileage numbers," said analyst Erich Merkle of Crowe Horwath. "These are green halo cars that actually benefit the entire product line."

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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Congratulations Ford.

    When is the last time you read anything close to praise like the above for an American car in Car & Driver?

    The new Fusion by the way, also graces the Car & Driver cover.

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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Yeah, great job Ford - the new Fusion looks like a winner. No surprise that the BAS Malibu came in last, but disconcerting to see them slam the interior materials already.
    Just goes to show how fast this segment changes.
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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Bravo Ford!
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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Good for Ford, I could see it being a big winner as the economy comes back over the next couple years. I still like GM vehicles better but the Fusion is now a good looking car, the Fiesta is a great looking car, and the Taurus is reportedly going to be great as well. The F-150 should also continue to sell well as gas prices stay low.
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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    There's already a thread about the comparison test win. Please check before putting a repost as front page news.

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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    I think that this glowing praise for a domestic car indicates that there is no "media bias" against domestic car companies. That is, when a good product is made, it is generally described in the automtive press as such, and when a car is inferior for some reason (bad interior, course engine, poor build quality, etc.), it is also generally described as such, and these things are true regardless of whether the company is domestic or not. GOOD PRODUCT is what will turn things around, and Ford deserves all the positive press it is getting for making good decisions about the 2010 Fusion Hybrid.

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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Quote Originally Posted by Orbit View Post
    I think that this glowing praise for a domestic car indicates that there is no "media bias" against domestic car companies. That is, when a good product is made, it is generally described in the automtive press as such, and when a car is inferior for some reason (bad interior, course engine, poor build quality, etc.), it is also generally described as such, and these things are true regardless of whether the company is domestic or not. GOOD PRODUCT is what will turn things around, and Ford deserves all the positive press it is getting for making good decisions about the 2010 Fusion Hybrid.
    Sure there is no bias "Canada" Just like your news media is so neutral, right?

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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    There is nothing ever written about the next Focus. I would think Ford would want to replace that ugly sack of excrement they are selling now ASAP.

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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Quote Originally Posted by Buick61 View Post
    There's already a thread about the comparison test win. Please check before putting a repost as front page news.
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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Nice work Ford. Lets hope GM can do the same with the Malibu.

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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Quote Originally Posted by logansowner View Post
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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Back to reality...the Fusion seems to be a nice car, well engineered and all. Hope it will help Ford right their ship. Personally, I like the Malibu better regardless of hybrid, but the Fusion is a great car if you care for a Ford.
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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Quote Originally Posted by BerettaZ View Post
    Yeah, great job Ford - the new Fusion looks like a winner. No surprise that the BAS Malibu came in last, but disconcerting to see them slam the interior materials already.
    Just goes to show how fast this segment changes.
    Yeah but I saw I believe from caranddriver that the interior materials in the new fusion aren't as good as the competetition. But to say the Malibu has bad interior materials is just stupid. As I sat in one in an auto show and the quality of the interior surprised me as I thought it was better than the current fusion but I also thought the Malibu had a better interior than the Camry.

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    Re: Fusion Hybrid Production To Be Constrained; Beats Camry Hybrid In C&D Comp Test

    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
    Link: http://www.saturnfans.com/cgi-bin/links/jump.cgi?ID=2
    Source: Car & Driver magazine - 02/09 - Page 40

    Article quote on the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid:

    The Highs: Impressive hybrid machinery, major mpg, video cluster invites driver into the game, superb quality.

    The Lows: Loose-feeling CVT on the highway, growling engine on mild acceleration.

    The Verdict: Ford hits one over the fence and into the ionosphere.

    Ford has pulled off a game changer with this 2010 model, creating a high mpg family hauler that's fun to drive. That achievement has two components: First, the machinery is unexpectedly refined - call it Toyota slickness expressed with car-guy soul. Second, the electronic instrument cluster involves the driver, invites you into the hybrid game, and gives you the feedback needed to keep increasing your personal-best mpg number.

    Ford really hit all the marks with this hybrid Fusion, combining excellent fuel economy with slick manners and an engrossing personality. Fun and fuel economy have finally gotten married in a mid-sized sedan.

    ---------------------------------------------------

    Ford has been touting the Fusion Hybrid's segment-leading 41 mpg rating, which handily beats the Toyota Camry Hybrid. But Fields admitted that Ford cannot get enough batteries to keep up with consumer demand for the vehicle and its sibling, the Mercury Milan Hybrid, let alone the two hybrid SUVs it already has on the market.

    "We are constrained by the amount of components -- including batteries -- that the supply base can provide us," he said. "That said, we will continue to work with suppliers to look at every opportunity to meet demand
    and still provide a good return for the business."

    Analysts doubt Ford is making money on any of its hybrids, but that does not mean they are not important.

    "You cannot overstate the PR significance of those mileage numbers," said analyst Erich Merkle of Crowe Horwath. "These are green halo cars that actually benefit the entire product line."
    all these type cars are just a PR scheme because they know that most car buyers are not interested in them and that is why the limited production. also if they charged what they cost to build NO ONE would buy one except some rich liberal movie star
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