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-- For 2010, the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan will offer Ford's all-new Duratec 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is expected to deliver at least 3 mpg better on the highway than the Honda Accord and 2 mpg better than the Toyota Camry

-- Ford's next-generation hybrid system debuts in the new 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids. The more efficient system delivers a more seamless driving experience and is expected to achieve class-leading fuel economy, besting the Toyota Camry hybrid by at least 5 mpg city

-- Ford's SmartGauge(TM) with EcoGuide is a new instrument cluster execution that gives hybrid owners a more connected, fuel-efficient driving experience by coaching them on how to optimize performance of the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids

-- With the Fusion and Milan Hybrids and the Escape and the Mariner Hybrids, Ford has doubled the size and volume of its hybrid lineup, making Ford the largest domestic producer of full hybrid vehicles in North America

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F - News) announced today that the new 2010 Ford Fusion will offer consumers a more fuel-efficient powertrain lineup, including an all-new hybrid model that is expected to achieve class-leading fuel economy.

The new Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrid models also offer owners a more connected driving experience, thanks to SmartGauge with EcoGuide, a unique new instrument cluster execution that helps coach drivers to improve fuel efficiency.

"Offering consumers more fuel-efficient vehicle choices, including maximizing the efficiency of our gasoline-powered engines, improving and increasing our hybrid vehicle offerings and increasing our use of fuel saving technologies such as six-speed transmissions, is part of Ford's plan to deliver technology solutions for affordable fuel economy for millions," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president for Global Product Development.

Improved gas engines

For 2010, Fusion and Milan will offer Ford's all-new Duratec 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 175 horsepower; an enhanced 3.0-liter V-6 with 19 more horsepower than its predecessor; and a 3.5-liter V-6 that pumps out 263 horsepower on the Fusion Sport model.

Fusion models equipped with the 2.5-liter I-4 engine are expected to deliver at least 3 mpg better on the highway than the Honda Accord and 2 mpg better than the Toyota Camry.

All are paired with six-speed transmissions for up to a 10 percent fuel economy improvement and a host of other industry-first technologies aimed at improving performance while gaining fuel economy.

Next-generation hybrid system

Ford's next-generation hybrid propulsion system builds upon the proven success of the Escape and Mariner hybrids, delivering class-leading fuel economy for the all-new 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids that debut later this year.

With the new arrivals, Ford will be the producer of the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans and SUVs in America -- and the Fusion Hybrid is expected to perform at least 5 mpg better on the highway than the Toyota Camry hybrid.

The overall system upgrade allows the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids to operate longer at higher speeds in electric mode. The hybrid vehicles can operate up to 47 mph in pure electric mode, about twice as fast as some competitors. Plus, the city driving range on a single tank of gas is expected to be more than 700 miles.

"With the new Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids, we are now able to offer even better range of travel on battery power at a greater speed, thanks to a more efficient, seamless transition between the battery-powered motor and gasoline-driven engine," Kuzak said. "These new hybrids will exceed expectations on all fronts -- fuel efficiency, comfort, convenience and overall drivability."

With the addition of the two new hybrid sedans, Ford will be the largest domestic producer of hybrid vehicles in North America. All Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan models will be built at Ford's Hermosillo (Mexico) Stamping and Assembly Plant.

SmartGauge with EcoGuide

Ford's SmartGauge with EcoGuide, an innovative new instrument cluster, provides real-time information to help drivers maximum fuel efficiency.

Ford collaborated with IDEO and Smart Design, two world leaders in helping consumers connect with technology, to develop the instrument cluster. Job One was properly integrating the driver with the cluster's science and technology.

The driver is immediately engaged by the SmartGauge liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, on either side of the center-mounted analog speedometer, with a special greeting that combines illumination and graphics.

EcoGuide then uses a multi-layered approach to coach the driver to maximum fuel efficiency. A tutorial mode is built into the display and helps the driver learn about the instrument cluster and the hybrid in a whimsical way that does not overpower.

For instance, drivers can choose one of four data screens to choose the information level displayed during their drives. They are:
 

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so 33 mpg right, the Malibu gets 34.The Fusion IS NOT going to have "class-leading fuel economy". The Malibu is.
 

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so 33 mpg right, the Malibu gets 34.The Fusion IS NOT going to have "class-leading fuel economy". The Malibu is.
the only Malibu with 34 is the Hybrid .. let me give you a clue of the Fusion Hybird mileage - it is at least 6 mpg higher than the Malibu;'s Hybrid mileage.

the Fusion I4 will match the I4 Malibu HWY mileage at 33.

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so 33 mpg right, the Malibu gets 34.The Fusion IS NOT going to have "class-leading fuel economy". The Malibu is.

The Fusion will have the best fuel economy in the class because the hybrid models will be the best in the class. The TCH is bumped to 2nd place.

The gasser-only models are well back in 3rd thru 10th places. Now that there's more than one in the segment and the TCH is not an oddity alone by itself the discussions will always have to be prefaced thus... 'In the gasser-only subsegment....'

When discussing the whole segment of midsized autos there are three that stand alone. FFH/MMH and TCH are on top the rest are all sigificantly behind the top three.
 

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the only Malibu with 34 is the Hybrid .. let me give you a clue of the Fusion Hybird mileage - it is at least 6 mpg higher than the Malibu;'s Hybrid mileage.

the Fusion I4 will match the I4 Malibu HWY mileage at 33.

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The Fusions new hybrid system is much more advanced then the Malibu's mild-hyrbrid system so it should get more mpg.. But what is the cost going to be?
 

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The Fusions new hybrid system is much more advanced then the Malibu's mild-hyrbrid system so it should get more mpg.. But what is the cost going to be?
The other thread already give a price indication that ranged from $27000-ish to $32000-ish which is exactly the same as the TCH.

Essentially what you have with all three of these hybrids is V6 power and better fuel economy than any of the compact sedans on the road. Not to mention that they have sunroofs, alloys, BT, Synch, Navi and more room and a quieter smoother ride.

These vehicles are not intended for the typical compact buyer who squeezes a penny until Lincoln cries. They are intended for a more comfortable buyer for whom $25000 - $35000 is the normal price of a vehicle. This buyer can get all the benefits of a compact auto but with the nicer features he or she normally expects. This is marketing. This is what has made the Prius and the TCH a success.

Now Ford has the ball in its court.
 

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The other thread already give a price indication that ranged from $27000-ish to $32000-ish which is exactly the same as the TCH.

Essentially what you have with all three of these hybrids is V6 power and better fuel economy than any of the compact sedans on the road. Not to mention that they have sunroofs, alloys, BT, Synch, Navi and more room and a quieter smoother ride.

These vehicles are not intended for the typical compact buyer who squeezes a penny until Lincoln cries. They are intended for a more comfortable buyer for whom $25000 - $35000 is the normal price of a vehicle. This buyer can get all the benefits of a compact auto but with the nicer features he or she normally expects. This is marketing. This is what has made the Prius and the TCH a success.

Now Ford has the ball in its court.
I agree. I hope it does well.
 

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also - TCH does not get 40mpg - the Fusion will (and then some)

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As noted above when it arrives and the EPA does test it Ford/Mercury will own the title as most efficient midsizer. Then GM will launch the Malibu/Aura 2-Mode and/or Toyota will refresh the TCH and one or the other will pass the F&M twins.

Rinse and repeat every 5 yrs.
 

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Good for Ford. Glad to see the mileage up on the I4 Fusion, right now it is nothing special. I'm a GM fan but like to see Ford do well also.

The Fusion hybrid model sounds pretty impressive. Any idea when/if the 2-mode Malibu/Aura will come out? Will it be with a 4cyl?
 

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The other thread already give a price indication that ranged from $27000-ish to $32000-ish which is exactly the same as the TCH.

Essentially what you have with all three of these hybrids is V6 power and better fuel economy than any of the compact sedans on the road. Not to mention that they have sunroofs, alloys, BT, Synch, Navi and more room and a quieter smoother ride.

These vehicles are not intended for the typical compact buyer who squeezes a penny until Lincoln cries. They are intended for a more comfortable buyer for whom $25000 - $35000 is the normal price of a vehicle. This buyer can get all the benefits of a compact auto but with the nicer features he or she normally expects. This is marketing. This is what has made the Prius and the TCH a success.

Now Ford has the ball in its court.
Seconded. The base price of the Toyota Camry Hybrid is $26,500 or so, and people are buying.

If the next Fusion is slightly larger while maintaining the superb crash safety and driving experience of the current model, the base model and the hybrid both should do really well.
 
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