2010 Fusion Hybrid's class-leading EPA-estimated 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which tops the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway, help it to significantly offset the premium to the customer for hybrid-electric technology over a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle. "Hybrids are an important part of our strategy to deliver the best or among the best fuel economy with all of our new products," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development.
WHAT MAKES IT SO FRUGAL?
To deliver over 700-plus city miles on a 17.5-gallon single tank of gas†, Fusion Hybrid can travel up to 47 miles per hour in pure electric mode, higher than all other hybrids on the road. In addition, the system's electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (e-CVT) allows the hybrid to more seamlessly change from gas to electric mode and back, making hybrid operation virtually imperceptible.
Other hybrid systems contributing to Fusion's economy leadership include:
- * A smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery, which produces 20% more power than its predecessor.
- * An enhanced electronic throttle control. By reducing airflow on shutdowns, it decreases fueling needs on restarts.
- * A Regenerative Brake System that recovers and stores nearly 94% of energy normally lost through friction.
The 2010 Fusion Hybrid also debuts Ford's Dual LCD SmartGauge™ Cluster with EcoGuide, a unique instrument cluster that helps coach drivers on how to optimize the fuel efficiency of their vehicle.