41 MPG! All-New Ford Fusion Hybrid Is Now America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Mid-Size Car

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The all-new Ford Fusion
Hybrid is now officially America’s most fuel efficient mid-size car with a
certified 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, topping the
Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway.

“The new Ford Fusion Hybrid not only significantly exceeds the competition
but also embodies Ford’s 100 percent commitment to fuel efficiency leadership,
quality, innovation and advanced technology,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice
president, Global Product Development. “The Ford team set the bar high — to
develop America’s most fuel efficient mid-size sedan — and that’s what they

The 2010 Ford Fusion’s final fuel economy certification was completed this
week at Ford’s testing laboratories in Allen Park, Mich., and the vehicle will
carry an EPA label of 41 mpg for city driving and 36 mpg on the highway when
it goes on sale this spring. The Fusion Hybrid, which beats even the much
smaller Honda Civic hybrid by 1 mpg in city driving, can travel more than 700
miles on a single tank of gas.

To deliver the class leading fuel economy performance, Ford’s engineers
spent the past three years developing in-house the vehicle’s next-generation
hybrid propulsion system. It allows the Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrid to
travel up to 47 miles per hour in pure electric mode, faster than the Toyota
Camry and all other hybrids currently on the road. In addition, the system’s
Advanced Intake Variable Cam Timing allows the Fusion and Milan hybrids to
more seamlessly transition from gas to electric mode and vice-versa.

“The Fusion Hybrid’s ability to run at a much higher speed in electric
mode allows drivers to maximize fuel efficiently in many driving situations,”
said Praveen Cherian, Fusion Hybrid program leader. “For example, this would
allow drivers to travel around their subdivision and parking areas in
all-electric mode.”

Fusion’s advanced hybrid system features:

— Smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery, which produces 20
percent more power than Ford’s previous hybrid system. The battery’s improved
chemistry allows it to be run at a higher temperature and cooled using cabin

— New 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (155 horsepower / 136 lb.-ft. of
torque), which is mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable

— Enhanced electronic throttle control, which reduces airflow on
shutdowns, reducing fueling needs on restarts.

— Smart climate control system, which monitors cabin temperature and only
runs the gas engine as needed to heat the cabin. It also includes an electric
air conditioning compressor to further minimize engine use.

— Regenerative brake system, which captures the energy normally lost
through friction in braking and stores it. Nearly 94 percent energy recovery
is achieved by delivering full regenerative braking, which means only 6
percent of braking is through traditional friction brakes

SmartGauge Teaches Eco-Driving

The new Fusion Hybrid literally teaches drivers how to make the most out
of their vehicle, thanks to Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide. SmartGauge is a
unique instrument cluster that helps coach drivers on how to optimize the
performance of their hybrid.

SmartGauge with EcoGuide features two, high-resolution, full-color liquid
crystal display screens on either side of the vehicle’s speedometer. The
screens can be configured to show different levels of driver information,
including fuel and battery power levels, and average and instant

When set in tutorial mode, the instrument panel “grows” leaves and vines
on-screen to reward fuel-efficient driving. The more leaves and vines that
appear, the more efficient the driving behavior is and the more fuel is being
saved. In some recent tests, automotive journalists have reported exceeding
50 mpg with the Fusion Hybrid.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid also is distinct on the outside with Ford’s “road
and leaf” badges on both sides and the rear, unique 17-inch, eight-spoke
wheels, and a unique engine cover. On the inside, Fusion Hybrid features
eco-friendly seat fabric made from post-industrial 100 percent recycled
materials and a standard 110-volt power outlet.

Fusion Gasoline Model Also a Fuel Leader

In addition to the hybrid, Fusion will be offered with three
fuel-efficient gasoline engines — the Duratec 2.5-liter I-4 and enhanced
3.0-liter flex-fuel V-6 and 3.5-liter V-6 Duratec engines. Fusions 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.

The new Fusion will be building off the strong quality reputation of the
current model, which has gained important third-party accolades, and will
offer class-exclusive features, including Ford SYNC(TM), SIRIUS(R)
TravelLink(TM), BLIS(TM) (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic
Alert and Sony-branded audio.

In addition to the Fusion, several other Ford vehicles are fuel-economy
standouts on the road today. They include:

— The Ford Focus with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission
delivers 35 mpg on the highway, 5 mpg better than the Toyota Corolla’s
2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 2 mpg better than the Honda Fit’s 1.5-liter
4-cylinder engine, both also with manual transmissions.

— The all-new 2009 Ford F-150 – which just recently was named Motor Trend
magazine’s Truck of the Year – achieves 3 mpg more than the Toyota Tundra
pickup on the highway and 1 mpg better in the city with its 4.6-liter V-8
engine, compared to Toyota’s 4.7-liter V-8. The F-150’s larger 5.4-liter V-8
achieves 2 mpg better on the highway than the Tundra’s larger engine.

— The 2009 Ford Escape with new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine achieves 28
mpg on the highway, the same as Toyota’s RAV4 and 1 mpg better than the Honda
CR-V, both with 4-cylinder engines, too.

— The Ford Expedition achieves 20 mpg on the highway, beating Toyota
Sequoia’s 4.7-liter V-8 engine by 3 mpg and its 5.7-liter V-8 by 1 mpg.

About Ford Motor Company:

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 224,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the
company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln,
Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford
Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please
visit http://www.ford.com.

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