Fusion Hybrid Mileage Announced – Car Pro News

The hybrid version of Ford Motor Co.’s all-new Fusion midsize sedan has received an Environmental Protection Agency certified 47 miles per gallon for both city and highway driving, the Dearborn automaker said, giving the vehicle the highest fuel-efficiency of any hybrid in its class.
“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” said Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO, in a statement. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”
Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry Hybrid LE gets 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, according to Toyota. The Camry Hybrid LE has a base price of $25,990, compared to the Fusion SE Hybrid, which has a base price of $27,200, according to pricing information from Ford and Toyota websites.
The Fusion Hybrid’s 47 mpg number for city and highway driving matches that of Ford’s new compact C-MAX Hybrid, which also has the highest fuel-efficiency among hybrids in its class.
The Fusion, restyled for 2013 with five powertrain options including a plug-in version due out early next year, is hitting dealer lots this month to great fanfare.
The vehicle can be equipped with an array of driver-assist technologies, including a system that alerts drivers if they are drifting into another lane and a parallel parking assist feature.
Fusion’s marketing has included hiring “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest as its pitchman, entrusting NASCAR drivers to show off the car’s fuel-efficiency and using the transmedia marketing program known as “Random Acts of Fusion.”
Ford will further ramp up its marketing efforts when Mulally visits Times Square on Tuesday as part of an all-out cross-country promotional blitz for the midsize sedan.
Ford will also host a Fusion-related event at its Dearborn headquarters.
The Fusion is part of the fastest-growing segment in the industry — midsize sedans.
Ford said that while overall U.S. auto sales are up 15 percent in 2012, midsize car sales have ballooned 26 percent. Data from Edmunds.com shows midsize sedans currently make up 18.4 percent of U.S. auto sales through August, up from 16.3 percent for all of 2011, and up from 14.5 percent in 2007.
The crowded segment includes the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Malibu. Those vehicles are being redesigned as well.


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