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Ford Fusion surpasses Toyota Camry in fuel efficiency

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Well, it looks as if one of the Big Three American car manufacturers has finally created a car that puts the great Toyota to shame.  Ford’s new version of the Fusion has several new improvements, putting it ahead of other hybrid cars.

But first here’s the really big news.  The 2010 Ford Fusion gets 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway compared to Toyota’s 33 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. 

FORD HAS BEATEN TOYOTA IN MILES PER GALLON FOR A MID-SIZED CAR!

Now a look at how Ford did this.  With Ford’s new advanced propulsion system, the Fusion is able to reach speeds of 47 mph on electric power alone, meaning that it runs off of battery power longer than other hybrids.  This uses less fuel and produces cleaner exhaust.

This isn’t a problem since Ford has also included a new regenerative braking system that allows the car to achieve 94 percent energy recovery while driving in city conditions.  A new lighter nickel-metal hydride battery is also capable of generating 20 percent more power without adding to the weight of the car.

Ford has also added an electric air conditioner and smart cabin climate control that only runs the gas engine when needed to heat the car.  This new climate system is a big improvement over the current system.

The result of all of these improvements is that the new Ford Fusion will be able to get 700 miles to the tank in city driving.  Since the price of gas is not expected to stay this low much longer, the greatly improved gas mileage and distance will make this car very company and family friendly.  The Fusion will also be very competitive with the Camry.

This is the type of car that the Detroit automakers should have been making for at least the past three years.  Now that Ford has produced a car that will get better gas mileage than a foreign import, domestic car sales should markedly improve.

Not only has Ford created a car that gets great gas mileage and a remarkable distance per tank, but the Fusion will be a much cleaner car for in city driving.  All of those stop and go traffic jams will have one less car adding to the exhaust miasma of rush hour.

Ford’s new Fusion should improve market confidence in the automaker.  After all, by producing a car that outshines the leading foreign car manufacturer means Ford can produce cars that will sell.

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