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At nearly 6 years old, is Ford just polishing a turd?

With the current generation of the Ford Fusion being on sale since 2012, it’s long overdue for a facelift, and that’s what we’re going to get at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Like most facelifts, few changes can be seen on the inside or outside, but what Ford has done is include its new Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance technology on all trim levels as standard equipment. Hybrid models get a new, larger battery with improved all-electric range, while some higher trim levels now get a standard 4G LTE internet connection and the Fusion SEL returns to the lineup to replace the SE Luxury package.

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2019 Ford Fusion

2019 Ford Fusion

At nearly 6 years old, is Ford just polishing a turd?

With the current generation of the Ford Fusion being on sale since 2012, it’s long overdue for a facelift, and that’s what we’re going to get at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Like most facelifts, few changes can be seen on the inside or outside, but what Ford has done is include its new Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance technology on all trim levels as standard equipment. Hybrid models get a new, larger battery with improved all-electric range, while some higher trim levels now get a standard 4G LTE internet connection and the Fusion SEL returns to the lineup to replace the SE Luxury package.

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Ford to Announce What Cars Get the Axe in the Near Future

Ford to Announce What Cars Get the Axe in the Near Future

Just so there can be more SUVs

Just a week ago Ford Announced that it would be cutting a number of its products in order to recover from its falling profit Margins. What products will be cut remains to be seen, however, we’ll get full disclosure about the product cuts later this year. While nothing is certain, models like the Ford Taurus, C-Max, and even the Lincoln MKZ are all suspect with low sales numbers and falling interest. Of course, Ford is on a mission to cut out $14 billion in costs, and the SUV craze is going strong, so this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. There’s a lot more to it, though, so keep reading to find out more.

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The Ford Fusion Hangs in Limbo as Mid-Cycle Refresh is Cancelled

The Ford Fusion Hangs in Limbo as Mid-Cycle Refresh is Cancelled

Could we be seeing the last days of the mid-size sedan as we know it?

The future of the Ford Fusion in the U.S. just got murkier. Barely a month after word got out of the Fusion’s unsteady future in the U.S., a new report from The Detroit News paints a cloudier future for Ford’s best-selling U.S. sedan. According to the report, Ford is canceling the redesign program for the mid-size sedan. More importantly, the automaker is said to be reevaluating the future of the model in our shores, effectively throwing the status of the Fusion in a state of limbo.

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2018 Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

2018 Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

As the rest of the world looks to hybrid powertrains to help eke out extra mpg at the pump, even law enforcement agencies are getting in on the trend. Adding an extra large battery to a police responder sedan comes with several benefits, all while keeping all the important gear needed to get the job done. Ford’s been providing vehicles to law enforcement since 1950, so it makes sense that the Blue Oval is getting ahead of the game with this electrically assisted four-door. We saw it on the show floor at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and got a nice selection of exclusive photos, so read on for more details on this latest workhorse for the five-o.

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Is The Ford Fusion Getting Axed In The US?

Is The Ford Fusion Getting Axed In The US?

Recent comments made by Ford’s new CEO could see the sedan exit America completely

The Ford Fusion has been around for 11 years, having first been introduced in 2006. It’s done well to represent Ford’s foray in the mid-size sedan segment, but with sales of midsize sedans down across the board in 2017, Ford may be thinking of cutting the Fusion completely from its lineup. There’s been no word on the status of the Fusion moving forward, but recent reports have cast serious doubts on the future of the model in the U.S.

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Ford Delivers Hybrid Police Car To The Boys In Blue

Ford Delivers Hybrid Police Car To The Boys In Blue

Fewer tax dollars spent on gasoline!

Ford just revealed its new Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, framed as an efficient means of transport for “police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other non-pursuit law enforcement personnel.” It’s the first-ever plug-in hybrid police vehicle from the Blue Oval, and it comes with the gear to get the job done without burning too much of the dino juice.

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Does Ford have a Side Hustle? $1 Million in Pot Found Inside New Ford Fusions

Does Ford have a Side Hustle? $1 Million in Pot Found Inside New Ford Fusions

If you’re a pot smoker and drive a newer Fusion, you might want to check on your spare tire ;)

Imagine this: It’s Monday morning, and you just got to work at your local Ford dealer. A new shipment of Ford Fusions just got dropped off, so it’s on you to go out and inspect each one to make sure they are as they should be. The first few check out fine, then you go to check the spare tire of one and see that it’s wrapped up in trash bags and duct tape… “What the hell is that,” you think to yourself as you begin to remove the trash bag. It’s at this moment that you realize you’re not looking at a spare tire at all, but instead, a spare-tired sized, 30-pound brick of the finest Mexican swag. Sounds pretty far-fetched, doesn’t it? Well, it should, but that exact thing recently happened at a Ford dealership in Warren Ohio. And, that wasn’t the only car found to contain large amounts of brick weed. So far, Authorities have found a total of 15 Ford Fusions packed with the stuff in Ohio and Pennsylvania, to the tune of about 480 pounds.

We’ve seen manufacturers do some pretty interesting things to entice buyers, but free pot? That has to be a first. So far, what’s actually happening is still a pretty big mystery. All 15 cars that were found to be laced with Mexico’s finest were all manufactured at the Sonora plant in Mexico and came across the border in the same rail car, passing through Arizona on their way to Ohio. Authorities have yet to determine where the pot was infused into the shipping chain, but they do know that someone dropped the ball on the receiving end and is now out a cool million in product – ouch. Ford and CSX have both gone on record saying they’ll support the investigation. Ford said it has already “confirmed” that the smuggling ring didn’t originate in its facilities, but that’s a lot of pot, and it certainly had to come from somewhere.

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Ford to Show up at CES and NAIAS with an Autonomous Surprise

Ford to Show up at CES and NAIAS with an Autonomous Surprise

Ford moves one step closer to bringing autonomous cars to the masses

Ford introduced its Fusion Hybrid Autonomous vehicles just a few years ago, and just last year – in December of 2015 – Ford finally obtained the permit to test its self-driving fleet on public roads in California starting in 2016. As we’re all aware, technology has a habit of evolving quickly, leaving technology from even a year ago somewhat outdated by comparison. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Ford has been busy upgrading its autonomous fleet and has finally announced what we can expect with its next-gen Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle shows up at CES and the Detroit Auto Show.

With the Fusion getting a facelift for the 2017 model year, the new autonomous development fleet will also get all the little nips and tucks. But, what’s more important is the updated autonomous technology that has been integrated into this generation of test vehicles. The new fleet will use the same Autonomous vehicle platform but gets a significant increase in processing power to go with some new computer hardware. Ford didn’t divulge how in-depth the aforementioned upgrades are, but the electrical controls are closer to being production ready while it has also made adjustments to sensor technology with sensors placed in optimal locations. As you’ll see in the comparison images below, these come in the form of roof sensors that look like luggage racks and the placement of new LIDAR sensors on the A-pillars – a feature that gives the system a wider range of view.

Ford claims that the new-gen vehicle evolves the two primary elements of an autonomous vehicle – the platform itself (sensors, cameras, hardware, etc.) and the virtual driver system. Ford’s hoping to have fully autonomous vehicles on the market sometime after the turn of the decade, and this new-gen autonomous Fusion is the next step in meeting that goal.

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2016 Ford Fusion Sport by Legacy Innovations

2016 Ford Fusion Sport by Legacy Innovations

The midsize sedan gets carbon-fiber parts and tweaked chassis for SEMA Show

Introduced for the 2013 model year, the second-generation Fusion joined the smaller Focus and Fiesta in Ford’s then-new "One-Ford" global strategy. Unlike its predecessor, the new Fusion was designed for both the American and European market, being launched as the Mondeo on the Old Continent. The second-gen sedan debuted several new driver assistance technologies and arrived in showrooms with a wide range of four-cylinder engines. For 2017, Ford introduced the Fusion Sport, a sportier version with a turbocharged V-6 engine under the hood.

Significantly more powerful than any Fusion before it, the Sport has received numerous aftermarket components for the 2016 SEMA Show. The project was designed by Legacy Innovations, a company known to modify, restore, and even build vehicles from scratch. The shop has won numerous awards in the past, including from presentations at past SEMA Shows. And, even though this Fusion isn’t the kind of project that will blow you away, it’s an interesting and somewhat exotic take on the midsize sedan.

Legacy Innovations’ build is proof that the Fusion is as customizable as any sports car out there, missing only a proper beefed-up engine from Ford Racing or any other after market supplier. Check it out below.

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2017 Ford Fusion Sport Ballistic Concept by Webasto Thermo and Comfort North America

2017 Ford Fusion Sport Ballistic Concept by Webasto Thermo and Comfort North America

Ford’s bread-and-butter model gets a does of the aftermarket life

The SEMA auto show traditionally attracts a who’s who list of aftermarket companies and, in some occasions, these tuners collaborate with automakers to build some nifty concepts that consumers would probably otherwise not see in any other auto show. Such is the case with this particular concept vehicle prepared by Webasto Thermo and Comfort North America for Ford’s resident four-door sedan for the masses, the 2017 Ford Fusion.

Known mostly for building roof air-conditioning and heating systems, Webasto stepped out of its element in designing and developing this particular program. There’s a full menu of upgrades to the Fusion, from the exterior, interior, powertrain, and right down to the sedan’s chassis. The result may not be evident based on the single rendering of the car so far, but the modifications are impressive enough to give the Fusion a sportier and more performance-oriented identity.

Like most SEMA offerings, Webasto’s Fusion Sport Ballistic concept is unlikely to translate into a production unit anytime soon. But it does provide unique possibilities for the Fusion that owners and prospective customers probably didn’t know it had. It may not have the status and appeal that other Blue Oval models have, but it is more capable than most people think. This concept proves that, and then some.

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2017 Ford Fusion

2017 Ford Fusion

Ford’s four-door for the masses

Ford’s Fusion steps up its technology game for 2017. Inheriting the mainstream family-sedan mantle from the Taurus was no laughing matter for the Fusion, and when it debuted in 2006 it made its mark with impressive driving dynamics and a fresh new look for Ford. For 2017, the freshened second-generation Fusion retains its sport-sedan leanings while broadening the lineup and introducing features more common to luxury cars than family sedans.

It may not look like it at a glance, but there’s a lot going on with Ford’s bread-and-butter sedan. With three very distinct models, the Fusion seems to be heading down the same path that Ford’s endlessly-configurable F-Series has followed. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid offer maximum efficiency without sacrificing comfort or performance; the new Fusion Platinum has all of the high-tech toys including the new Ford SYNC3 system, advanced self-parking features, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control with full stop and go capabilities. The stop-and-go system can take over throttle and brake functions during heavy traffic, keeping the driver from stressing out during rush hour congestion. To keep a foot in the performance game, the Fusion V6 Sport features a twin-turbo V6 that nudges BMW levels of performance.

Updated 06/10/2016: Ford announced prices for the 2017 Fusion. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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Ford Fusion Autonomous Research Vehicles Start Testing At Night

Ford Fusion Autonomous Research Vehicles Start Testing At Night

Who needs headlights when you have LiDAR?

If you’ve ever been broken down in the desert late at night without the luxury of supplemental lighting, you know that it doesn’t get any darker. You could even say night time in the desert is something that nightmares are made of. But, if you’re a self-driving Fusion Hybrid with autonomous capabilities, that darkness doesn’t matter.

See, instead of relying on cameras to detect the car’s position, Ford’s Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicles use the combination of high-resolution 3D maps, LiDAR, and radar to determine exactly where it is at. The beauty of this system is that it doesn’t need light to accurately pinpoint exactly where the vehicle is at, and that has now been proven as one of Ford’s Fusion Hybrid research vehicles has successfully navigated desert roads under the cover of complete darkness.

Jim McBride, Ford’s technical leader for autonomous vehicles, said, “Thanks to LiDAR, the test cars aren’t reliant on the sun shining, nor cameras detecting painted white lines on the asphalt. In fact, LiDAR allows autonomous cars to drive just as well in the dark as they do in the light of day.” For those of you who don’t know, the LiDAR system actually pulses a laser grid 2.8 million times per second, just to scan the surrounding environment. When the information is combined with information from the radar system and the high-resolution maps, the on-board computer knows the car’s precise location.

This most recent nighttime testing session took place at the Ford Arizona Proving Ground with Ford engineers strapped in for the ride. With night-vision goggles, the engineers monitored the self-driving Fusion, but did not have to intervene during the testing procedure. Wayne Williams, a research scientist and engineer for Ford, said, “Inside the car, I could feel it moving, but when I looked out the window, I only saw darkness. As I rode in the back seat, I was following the car’s progression in real time using computer monitoring. Sure enough, it stayed precisely on track along those winding roads.”

So, as it turns out, autonomous cars like Ford’s Fusion Hybrid research vehicles don’t need the light to see where they are going. This experiment does demonstrate how far autonomous technology has advanced, but I doubt we’ll be seeing any light-less cars, autonomous or not, anytime in the future.

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2016 Ford Fusion NASCAR

2016 Ford Fusion NASCAR

Ford has had a predictable history when it comes to the debut of its Nascar race cars. Back in 1968, Ford launched the Production version of the Ford Torino, and right around the same time, it dropped the Nascar variant of the Torino. In 2006, it did the same dual launch with the Fusion. In 2013, Ford decided to repeat history again and release the 2013 Ford Fusion and the Nascar variant right around the same time. This year, at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford did it again with the 2017 Fusion, and it’s Nascar variant.

This new Nascar Fusion shares a lot of looks with the production model, but according to Ford, the interior has also been refined, bring a better and more comfortable interior to the driver. Dave Pericak, the global director of Ford Performance said, “Aerodynamics are more important than ever in this sport at the speeds these cars are running, so we used some of the best wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics technology available to help create this new Fusion, and, fortunately, the Ford design team gave us a great vehicle to work with from the start.”

The Fusion race car hasn’t had that long of a history in Nascar, as it became the brands flagship racing model back in 2006. Since then, however, the car has been upgraded to meet Nascar regulations. These upgrades include things like running on an ethanol blended fuel and switching over to electronic fuel injection. With this new model, the biggest change comes in the form of a new digital dashboard system, which is required by Nascar regulations for this year. We’ll talk more about that a little later, so let’s dive in and see what we’ve got here.

Updated 01/21/2016: Ford dropped a new video in which it highlights the development of its latest Fusion NASCAR race car which will make its track debut next month at Daytona Speedweeks. His "play" to watch how a 750 horsepower race car is being built.

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Ford Conducts First Ever Snow Tests Of Autonomous Vehicles

Ford Conducts First Ever Snow Tests Of Autonomous Vehicles

As automakers all over the world continue to race towards autonomous driving technology, one company has beaten all others in testing driverless cars in snowy conditions. Not that it’s an achievement of some sort, but Ford has done it, becoming the first automaker to do so since Google, another company that’s already testing autonomous vehicles in the snow, isn’t technically an automaker…yet.

In any event, Ford said that it’s been running sensor tests for more than a year now and these tests have led to prototypes of its driverless cars to drive by themselves in a controlled, snowy environment. So how exactly was Ford able to become the first automaker to do this? According to the company, it recalibrated an existing technology among driverless cars. The technology is called Light Detection and Ranging sensors, or LIDAR for short. These sensors are installed in a handful of sections in the body of the car to help build a detailed view of the environment around the car. They function just like radar in their ability to rapidly fire laser lights away from the car and measure how much light is reflected back. But, since these sensors don’t work well in snowy conditions, Ford reprogrammed the sensors to instead detect landmarks that are above the ground, including road signs, traffic lights, and even buildings. Once these landmarks are detected, the car is able to compare this info to a high-resolution map of the road that it already has stored in its computer, allowing the car to navigate the road by itself even during times when road visibility are at its worst.

You could say that it’s an achievement by Ford, and in some ways, it is. But, autonomous driving cars being able to navigate around snowy conditions is just another piece to this entire puzzle that Ford and a lot of other automakers are racing to finish first. It’s nice to see that the Blue Oval is putting in the work to ensure that it crosses that line first.

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Ford Begins Testing Autonomous Vehicles On California Roads

Ford Begins Testing Autonomous Vehicles On California Roads

Ford’s presence in Silicon Valley was established back in 2012 with nothing more than a 15-person office, and just last January, Ford expanded that into a research facility with a team of more than 100 people. In that new facility, researchers, engineers and scientists have been working on automotive advancements like Camera-based pedestrian detection, sensor fusion, and other autonomous-driving technology – supporting Fords Smart Mobility plan.

Ford’s integration of its new research facility isn’t the only thing the automaker has achieved this year. Just this week, Ford announced that it has secured a permit to begin testing fully autonomous vehicles on public roads. The permit is limited to the Ford Fusion Hybrid, and Ford will be free to begin testing the Fusion’s autonomous capabilities on public roads in 2016. Ford has yet to release information on exactly when it will begin testing, but given how seriously it is taking the advancement of autonomous vehicles, connectivity and mobility, it’s a safe bet they’ll starting popping up on Cali roads sooner than later.

Obtaining the testing permit is a huge step in Ford’s Smart Mobility plan, and it was made possible by the team it has compiled in what is now the one of the largest automotive manufacturer research facilities in the region. Mark Fields, Ford’s CEO and President, said, “Our Palo Alto team has grown significantly this year, using research and innovation to explore and develop future mobility solutions,” he continued, “We’re attracting top talent from around the world to join our team in Silicon Valley, including employees from local technology companies and universities who want to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves.”

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2017 Ford Fusion ST

2017 Ford Fusion ST

In late 2014, Ford announced the creation of Ford Performance, a new division that incorporates SVT, Team RS, and Ford Racing into a single organization. The announcement also revealed plans to introduce 12 new performance vehicles by 2020, including refreshed versions of the 2015 Ford Focus ST, 2014-2015 Ford Fiesta ST, and the F-150 Raptor. FoMoCo has already launched the 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, the new 2016 Ford Focus RS, and the second-generation 2017 Ford GT, but it seems a performance version of the Fusion sedan is also in the works.

Although the brand has yet to confirm such plans, a prototype our paparazzi spotted on the road recently suggests the midsize is indeed set to receive an ST badge.

Even though it will be the first Fusion to wear the red letters on its front grille, it’s not the first model to deliver enhanced performance. The first-gen Mondeo was offered with a 202-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 as the ST200 in Europe and the Contour SVT in the U.S., while the second-gen sedan has a 2002 Ford Mondeo ST220 version with a 223-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 under the hood.

The upcoming Fusion ST will likely be sold in Europe as the Mondeo ST, but until more info surfaces the Web, let’s have a closer look at the camouflaged prototype that just hit the streets.

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Nick Offerman Welcomes Us to a New Season of NASCAR: Video

Nick Offerman Welcomes Us to a New Season of NASCAR: Video

The best commercial in this year’s Super Bowl won’t even take place during the game, but don’t worry, it will most certainly have cars. NBC Sports has released its advertisement ushering in the 2015 NASCAR season, and it does so with the unwavering Americanism of Nick Offerman – meat connoisseur, wood craftsman extraordinaire and Ron Swanson.

In “America, It’s Time For A Gut Check,” Offerman brings his usual comedy and machismo with one-liners like “Sure everybody at NASCAR gets a trophy/As long as they win the f***ing race” and “Where men and women compete together/Just like they did back in the 18-nevers.” AdWeek says that a 60-second version of the commercial will air immediately after the game, but you can see the full-length version right now. Trust me, it will be the best two minutes you’ll spend today, and you don’t have to be a NASCAR fan to get a kick out of it.

The true point of the ad, of course, is as a promotion for NBC Sports, which picks up coverage of the 2015 season starting on July 5.

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Ford's Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

Ford’s Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford. The redesigned Mustang is set to go on sale as the first version of the pony to reach global markets, while the new-generation F-150 introduces the aluminum body to the pickup-truck segment. New additions also include the revised Expedition SUV and Transit van, introduced for the first time in North America as a replacement for the long-running E Series.

2015 will be equally busy, with several new or refreshed vehicles to hit dealer lots. The new Super Duty trucks, the Edge crossover, and the restyled Focus are the most important additions that come to mind. But Ford has a lot more going on for the remainder of the decade, according to Automotive News, who managed to obtain more details about what Ford may have in store for the next three years. Read on to find out more about Ford’s future product plans.

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2014 Ford Lightweight Concept

2014 Ford Lightweight Concept

The Ford Lightweight Concept is a unique prototype. It doesn’t have any fancy new headlights or levitating cabins, but it does have new technology that could end up becoming one of the more important advancements in the industry. The "Lightweight Concept" name pretty much says it all. This prototype is all about showcasing advanced lightweight materials that lets future Ford models improve their performance and fuel efficiency, while also dropping the carbon-dioxide emissions.

Weight reduction and improved efficiency are two of the industry’s most important goals, and the Lightweight Concept features Ford at its innovative best. The Lightweight Concept makes use of advanced material applications like aluminum, ultra-high-strength steels, magnesium, and carbon fiber. Each of these materials were incorporated into the design of the vehicle, creating a blueprint that could pave the way for integrating lightweight advancements in future models.

It’s not going to blow anybody away in the same way "normal" concepts would. But that’s not the point with the Lightweight Concept. Rather, this concept is here to show off just how small innovations can lead to huge benefits in the future.

Should Ford reach that point, the company can look back to the Lightweight Concept as the prototype that made it possible to achieve long-term potential lightening solutions.

So don’t sleep on the Lightweight Concept just because it’s essentially a Ford Fusion with fancy and colorful graphics all over the body. This prototype could end up becoming one of the most important Ford has developed in recent years.

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World Car of the Year Candidates Officially Announced

Every year, hundreds of motoring journalists from all over the world descend upon New York City for the New York International Auto Show. Among the new car reveals, fancy parties and exciting concepts, the New York Auto Show also plays host to the World Car of the Year Awards.

This prestigious award is handed out by a collection of experienced automotive journalists from around the world. Some of this year’s jurors include writers from countries like Japan, Russia, South Africa, China, Australia and more. Overall there are nearly 70 jurors in total.

Some of the previous year’s winners include the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Leaf.

Of all the cars that were eligible for this year’s award, twelve have been selected as finalists. We have brought together all twelve of the final candidates for you here, and we also included a little bit information about each one.
Which one do you think deserves to win and why? Sound off in the comments below.

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Super Bowl XLVIII Ad: Rob Riggle Compares Ford Hybrids to a Griffin

Super Bowl XLVIII Ad: Rob Riggle Compares Ford Hybrids to a Griffin

Rob Riggle’s brand of humor can be a little over the top sometimes, but this new Ford commercial for the Super Bowl, doesn’t show that off.

Here we see a more subdued Riggle talking to a coffee-sipping Ford exec while describing the benefits of driving a Ford hybrid. At one point, Riggle even ventures into the world of mythology to make his point, comparing the hybrid to a griffin complete with a soliloquy about the griffin having the "head of an eagle, the body of a lion."

We don’t know if we can necessarily compare a Ford hybrid (maybe he was talking about a Fusion Hybrid?) to that mythic creature, but we do see the point of Riggle’s comparison. If anything, he does a good job of selling his spiel, even though it doesn’t make much sense at all.

Oh, well. Guess that’s how Ford is going to roll with its set of ads for the Super Bowl. Maybe it has more up its sleeve, but this one, while pretty funny in a Rob Riggle kind of way, misses on what the #nearlydouble hashtag is trying to get across.

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2014 Ford Fusion Titanium by DSO Eyewear

2014 Ford Fusion Titanium by DSO Eyewear

DSO Eyewear never misses a chance to make its presence known at SEMA, and this year, it played around with a Ford Fusion Titanium, giving it some pretty nice digs to go with an equally impressive performance upgrade.

The Tuxedo Black finish is the most distinguishable part of the aesthetic modification. But DSO Eyewear didn’t stop there; it also gave the Fusion Titanium some fancy gold trims courtesy of BASF, a new body kit from 3D Carbon, highlighted by those sexy performance grilles, and finally, a custom set of 21-inch Niche Road Wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires.

Inside the Fusion Titanium, the upgrades continue with more gold-painted accents from BASF, a new Rockford Fosgate audio system and suede custom inserts made from perforated materials.

And then there’s that thing called the "engine." DSO Eyewear may be known for its styling upgrades, but it can also give some impressive performance modifications. In this case, the company fitted the Fusion’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with a Banks Power straight-shot water-methanol injection system, among other things. No word yet on how much power it adds, but you know those injection systems mean serious business.

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2014 Ford Fusion SE by Full Race Motorsports

2014 Ford Fusion SE by Full Race Motorsports

For the third day in a row, Ford is spending a lot of its time releasing the first details of its SEMA-bound vehicles.

Following in the footsteps of the Fiesta ST and the Focus ST, the Blue Oval announced that it will be bringing a pair of Ford Fusion sedans to Las Vegas, beginning with the Full-Race Motorsports’ tuned Fusion SE.

There’s a comprehensive list of modifications Full-Race Motorsports did on the Fusion SE, beginning with a subtle body kit that appears to include only a few components. It does have fancy set of wheels, which is a good thing, given it adds that highly sought after attitude to the Fusion SE.

Moving to the interior, this Fusion SE will head to Las Vegas with a finely dressed cabin that features leather seating from Katzin to go with a seven-inch touchscreen tablet built into the dash that Eric Marquiss, logistics manager for Full-Race Motorsport, describes as operational on the Android system, "allowing the driver to do all kinds of data logging or connect to wireless Internet."

But the biggest highlight of Full-Race Motorsports’ program is the powertrain upgrade, which it accomplished by adding a BorgWarner turbocharger to go with a cat-back exhaust and a cold air intake. With those new components added into the mix, this Fusion SE is expected to produce an impressive 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque — not bad for a usually timid family sedan.

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2013 - 2014 Ford Fusion by 3dCarbon

2013 - 2014 Ford Fusion by 3dCarbon

The latest-generation Ford Fusion became one of the most successful models in Ford’s lineup, and the company expects 2013 sales to exceed 300,000 units. Tuners are always quick to hitch their wagon to the most popular models, and now the Fusion has caught the attention of 3d Carbon.

3d Carbon initially offered a preview of this new kit at the 2012 SEMA show, and due to great response from clients, the tuner decided to put it into production. The best part is that buyers can order this kit as a package directly from the dealership at the time of purchase.

AS is typical with 3d Carbon kits, this upgrade kit manages to retain the design theme of the Fusion, while also making it bolder and slightly more aggressive than the standard car — definitely two things that the Fusion could use.

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2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion is becoming one of the biggest hits for any American automaker who dares tussle with the best-selling Accord and Camry. A grunty and quick EcoBoost triple-cylinder 1.5-liter joins the engine and drive layout choices for 2014, which now reaches seven variations — an unprecedented total for any American car starting at just $22,000.

So this handsome Ford runs a three-banger in 1.5-liter EcoBoost specification? Will it have the speed of a lawnmower and the engine note of a go-kart? Nope and nope. This is a potent engine, with much more power at all revs than the base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder. It’s also quite affordable to produce, so will hopefully take a larger percentage of Fusions than the pricier EcoBoost engine options.

Lastly, AWD is on the table with the top-spec 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Larger wheels look terrific, like they were milled from a solid block of aluminum, some swanky comfort and active safety tech, and a few new colors round out the Fusion’s updates for the new model year.

All this sounds good, but buying a Camry can be done blindfolded over the phone: are all these choices a recipe for confusion on American dealer lots?

Since becoming fans of the Fusion this summer with our Fusion Hybrid and Energi tester models, we’re happy to keep the Fusion rocking the sales charts.

Even so, the gasoline choices are fantastic for keen drivers: the manual box 1.6 EcoBoost or the 2.0-liter AWD are arguably even better vehicles for their lack of electrified tech.

Click past the jump to read all the latest updates for the 2014 Ford Fusion, one of the most confident and stylish midsize cars available.

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2014 Ford Fusion Energi

2014 Ford Fusion Energi

The Fusion Energi is the first in a large wave of mainstream, plug-in Fords in the mid-term future. The extra EV power doubles silent range and EPA efficiency of the already-stellar Fusion Hybrid for only about $6,000 more than a loaded Hybrid Titanium model.

Who killed the electric car? Was it you?

No, it was coal. Coal killed the electric car.

Until 2012, the idea of an electric car faced not only the technical challenges of building one but also the significant consumer hurdle of buying something without knowing the actual savings over gasoline.

Anyone who has ever gotten a $400 power bill for a hot summer month would certainly think twice about the cost and hassle of plugging in the car constantly. Consumers rightly wondered: How high could an EV charger spike that utility bill?

Large-scale U.S. energy shifts to natural gas power stations mean home electricity is at record lows and expected to stay low for years. ‘Natty G’ costs about a fifth as much as coal per megawatt and significant savings are coming to home users in the U.S. as well.

Suddenly, Ford’s plug-in hybrid electric car not only satisfies Eco-minded hybrid buyers but also the hardcore-green BEV owners in Nissan Leaf and Tesla vehicles. There’s simply no drawback to this Fusion Energi PHEV when the equation is close to $1 of juice (very roughly) equaling $10 in gasoline.

Add in the peace of mind of a gasoline backup and less cord fumbling… and it all starts to make sense. The Chevrolet Volt the first to a market that also includes the Honda Accord Plug-in and low-tech Prius Plug-in.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi including an exclusive video tech overview of the interior.

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2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Fusion Hybrid finally cracks the code to unravel Toyota’s stranglehold on the eco market by offering consumers what they actually want: a gorgeous sedan shape, a quiet cabin and very good handling. These are all places where the Prius cannot compete. The Ford also runs lithium-ion batteries for a 47 mpg rating, despite costing just $27,000.

Ford’s most promising hybrid to date is joined by a plug-in model called the Fusion Energi. The Hybrid is the volume electrified sedan and packs some great technology into one of the most attractive midsize car shapes on the market.

The Hybrid might actually be the pick of the range that also includes a 1.6-liter EcoBoost and a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder in a new-for-2014 ‘S’ trim at the bottom of the range.

The Fusion Hybrid offers nearly all of the Energi’s benefits for about $10,000 less. This makes it a really viable contender among urban dwellers without access to a garage plug.

The 47/47/47 mpg across all EPA categories takes most of the headlines but the Fusion Hybrid also drives really nicely and is more balanced that the typical sedan, thanks the trunk-mounted battery pack helping even the weight distribution of this front-drive car.

Conventional Hybrid sedans are just starting to really move up the sales charts versus the dedicated Prius hatchback. Even among Prius owners, there is some latent desire for a classic large sedan’s refinement and handling. The Fusion Hybrid aces these criteria and many more, via a sophisticated suite of interior technologies and active safety options that are from a class above.

How will the Ford fare versus this fall’s supercharged Nissan Altima Hybrid and the popular Toyota Camry Hybrid?

Click past the jump for the first-drive review of the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid with highlights on the new features and equipment.

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Video: The Evolution of the Ford Fusion NASCAR Racer

Video: The Evolution of the Ford Fusion NASCAR Racer

Over the past years, NASCAR race cars have barely resembled their production counterparts with teams opting to use branding stickers and logos as a way to put some distinguishable flavor to the cars themselves.

This year, however, Ford Racing is taking a different approach. Or should we say an approach that harkens back to the days when the phrase "stock car" actually meant something.

With the season-opening race at Daytona scheduled for this weekend, Ford Racing is giving its Fusion Sprint Cup Race Car a major overhaul and facelift, opting to go back to the method of designing the car to resemble the actual Fusion production model that it represented.

The video will show you how Ford managed to design the Fusion Sprint Cup Race Car and the comparisons of the car from its production brother. Of course, it probably helped that the design of the race car was done by the Ford Design Center, something the division hasn’t done since the 60’s.

We’ve gotta say, this return to the stock car approach is a refreshing wrinkle to the 2013 NASCAR season. About the only thing different now is that the Fusion Sprint Cup Race Car is powered by a Ford Racing-sourced 5.8-liter V-8 that develops in excess of 850 horsepower, as opposed to the production model which only has 237 ponies on tap.

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2012 Ford Fusion by Ice Nine Group

2012 Ford Fusion by Ice Nine Group

The SEMA Auto Show is the theater of dreams for a lot of aftermarket companies. For a tuning firm like Ice Nine Group, SEMA is yet another platform for them to prove why they’re one of the best in what they do.

Surely, we remember what Ice Nine Group did last year with Vaughn Gittin Jr., right? In case you’ve forgotten, this Ford Mustang Bosch Iridium Edition RTR is all you need to remember.

For their offering at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, Ice Nine Group decided to give the new 2013 Ford Fusion some serious racing shine. And by serious, they even tapped Monster Energy Drink to be a partner in the build.

Ice Nine Group’s build is inspired by the V8 Supercars Series, which incidentally will make its debut on American soil next year. While this could be a preview build for the racing series - we highly doubt it, though - it certainly looks like a car that’s ready for some face time to go with dynamic performance out on the street.

Whatever the case may be, Ice Nine Group has made it known that this particular Fusion, complete with its aggressive green exterior and Monster graphics-laden body, will carry a slew of aerodynamic and performance modifications. We know what these guys are capable of, so we have enormously high expectations for this one.

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2013 Ford Fusion by MRT Performance

2013 Ford Fusion by MRT Performance

In 2011, MRT Performance went to the SEMA Auto Show to present a fully customized Ford Mustang. That custom build caught our eye not only because of the two-tone orange and black paint finish, but also because it came packed with a comprehensive performance upgrade that included a ProCharger supercharger, an MRT stainless steel MaxFlow h-pipe and half-back exhaust system, and an H&R coilover performance suspension.

This year, MRT Performance is back at SEMA, except that this time, they’re trading chops and leaving the Mustang behind in favor of another vehicle from the Blue Oval: the 2013 Ford Fusion.

Instead of the orange and black set-up that they’ve come to use int he past, the tuning firm went for a blue-and-black paint scheme that gives the Fusion a far more aggressive look. Not to say that the hybrid sedan is a mundane car, but the colors speak to a more impressive profile. The program builds on the sporty style of the Fusion to go with enough performance upgrades to stand its ground at the SEMA show floor.

The fun and stylish street performer that will definitely catch your eye, while the performance stance and sounds from the newly installed Eco-Flow exhaust system will undoubtedly keep your attention. Rounding out the modifications are a new set of custom blue Forgestar wheels also play into the color’s well, creating a balanced and aesthetically pleasing look without going overboard.

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2013 Ford Fusion by Tjin Edition

2013 Ford Fusion by Tjin Edition

The 2013 Ford Fusion will be well represented at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. That much appears to be evident with the release of a number of previews for the hybrid sedan, all of which come with their own unique modifications from a variety of aftermarket companies.

One of the SEMA-bound Fusion models comes from a team that’s no stranger to the SEMA floor: Tjin Edition.

Last year, Tjin Edition brought four models to SEMA. This year, we still don’t know how many they have under the sheets. What we do know is one of them is the Ford Fusion. For their take on the hybrid sedan, Tjin Edition started off by dressing up the Fusion in a DuPoint Beige paint finish to go with a 3D Carbon lip kit. There’s also a fancy set of 21" copper iForged Concave wheels wrapped in Falken tires, copper mirror caps, a Baer big brake upgrade with lime green brake calipers, and modified suspension from Pedders.

Inside, the modifications are also extensive, although full details are still being withheld. Tjin Edition does look like its bringing some more of that lime color as shown by the dress-up done on the steering wheel. The aftermarket company also installed a new Scosche Audio audio system to give the car some serious audio power. Par for the course on a car headed to SEMA, right?

Rounding out the modifications for the Fusion Tjin Edition is the addition of a custom turbo kit from Unique Fabrication and a side-exit exhaust system from Magnaflow. No word yet on how much of a performance boost this will generate, but we expect it to be on the up-and-up side.

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Ford Uses a Robotic Touch to Make High-Quality Interiors

Ford Uses a Robotic Touch to Make High-Quality Interiors

In the early years of the automotive industry, the interior was simply somewhere to park your behind as you drove around. In the modern era, car interiors are becoming more like a second home, as they are now featuring climate control, TVs, huge sound systems, plush fabrics, and much more. Due to the constantly changing automotive world, automakers need to make sure that they are producing the best interiors possible, or risk losing sales to the competition.

Ford has taken this competition to a new level, as it is now using a robotic system to determine the quality of its cars’ interiors. This new robotic touch system is called Robotized Unit for Tactility and Haptics (RUTH). For those on the same vocabulary level as me and needing a more plain English description, this is a robot that uses sensors to determine the pain, pressure, or heat that a human’s skin would feel when touching something, which then turns that touch sensation into scalable data.

The above video shows Ford engineers describing RUTH as she touches and probes multiple points throughout the cabin of the all-new Ford Fusion. RUTH then uses data that Ford has collected from thousands of customers around the world and determines if the pieces it tests meet the collective wants of Ford buyers. From there, Ford engineers can adjust the texture, feel, softness, or even temperature of something in the cabin.

RUTH has been in commission in Ford North America since January 2012 and it looks like it is a complete success, at least according to the video. With advancements like this, it is easy to see why Ford was able to keep its head above water through the automotive recession.

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2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup

2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup

Ford unveiled the new generation Fusion in early January 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show and, right on cue, it has been followed by the NASCAR version. This is, in fact, the third time Ford has simultaneously launched production and NASCAR versions of a new model. The first dual launch came in 1968, with the sleek fastback Ford Torino and then again in 2006 with the Fusion.

The NASCAR Ford Fusion features a very aggressive stance from the outside and the inside, but keeps the proportions found in the production Fusion. There are brand and design cues on the side of the vehicle and an identifiable front end grill with the distinctive look of a Ford.

"This is a seminal moment in the sport where we had a chance to get it right once again and make sure the race cars are race versions of street cars. And I am proud because I believe we have accomplished just that," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "The 2013 Fusion is a stunning car and the 2013 NASCAR Fusion is even more stunning and I can’t wait to see it perform on the track and connect with race fans."

The new NASCAR Ford Fusion will be enduring its testing season for the entire year and will then have its racing debut at the 2013 Daytona 500 in February.

UPDATE 05/23/12: Ford Racing has unveiled the first livery of the Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup race car. It bears the red and white colors of Motorcraft, which, if you didn’t know, is Ford’s spare parts division. Check out the Fusion’s new digs leading up to its maiden NASCAR voyage this season.

http://youtu.be/ul-5yBSGnrU

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2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion was brought to the American market as a 2006 model, and after six years, the second generation model was finally unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. A notable detail about the Fusion is that it will become a global car, being sold in new markets like Europe under the Ford Mondeo name.

The new generation Fusion will adopt Ford’s latest Kinetic design so there are hints of the latest Ford models, such as the Focus and Escape. Under the hood, Ford has placed a new 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers best-in-class four-cylinder non-hybrid fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine – paired with a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission will also be offered, as well as a Hybrid version that uses an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and a new Energi plug-in hybrid version that is expected to deliver up to 100 mpg.

UPDATE 08/01/12: Ford has finally announced prices for the 2013 Fusion set to go on sale this fall. The base version, Fusion S, is priced at $22,495 and is followed by the SE version priced at $24,495. The SE with an EcoBoost engine is priced at $26,745, while the top version - the Titanium - starts at $30,995. The Hybrid version is priced at $27,995.

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2012 Detroit Auto Show Preview

2012 Detroit Auto Show Preview

With the calendar turning over a new page to 2012, the very first major auto show is set to open its doors in Detroit when the North American International Auto Show welcomes automakers - both local and foreign - to the Motor City.

This year, American brands are coming to Detroit in full force where they will be joined by a number of international automakers in presenting a steady diet of concept cars, production debuts, and just about everything else in between.

Among the notable debuts set to take place include the brand-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL, as well as the 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8. German automaker Porsche has also penciled in the 911 Cabriolet for the festivities, while Lexus will be on-hand to display the intriguing and mysterious LF-LC 2+2 sports coupe concept.

As for the local contingent, Ford is leading the way with the premiere of the Fusion global mid-size sedan while Dodge is set to introduce their Alfa Romeo Giulietta-based compact sedan, the Dart.

There’s plenty of action headed to Detroit when the 2012 NAIAS opens its doors on January 14th. Head over after the jump to check out a preview of all the cars scheduled to be part of all the festivities.

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2014 Ford Mondeo Wagon

2014 Ford Mondeo Wagon

The next generation Ford Mondeo - sold as the Fusion on the US market - was first caught testing as a sedan, but our spy photographers have recently spotted the wagon version testing in the snowy Alps in Europe. It’s still not clear if the wagon version will be offered in the U.S., but in Europe it’s the most sold variant of the Mondeo.

Despite the camouflage covering the wagon, you can easily notice that the next Mondeo will be borrowing design elements from the Evos Concept launched at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new model is set for an official release in 2013-2014, so there’s still no word on what will be hiding under the hood. That being said, it will probably carry the usual array of 4- and 6-cylinder engines, with a hybrid version popping up shortly after the release as well.

Will this generation be the one to convince Americans that wagons are the way to go? Probably not, but the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon may open the doors enough for other wagons to benefit.

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NHTSA investigating Ford and Mercury for Toyota-like floormats

NHTSA investigating Ford and Mercury for Toyota-like floormats

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just began to investigate nearly 250,000 Ford Motor Company vehicles. The cause of the problem is floor mats. The NHTSA has warned drivers not to use unsecured all-weather floor mats in their vehicles.

The investigation is taking a look at 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles, due to loose floor mats causing the accelerator pedal to become entrapped. The NHTSA warned drivers not to place these all-weather mats over top of current floor mats in the drivers side foot well.

Ford spokesperson Said Depp said the company was unaware of any injures of accidents because of the problem. "We do not recommend stacking floor mats in any vehicle from any automaker," Deep said to the Detroit News.

"All owners of these vehicles should ensure that any mat used is properly secured and never stacked," NHTSA said in a statement. "Any Ford ’all weather’ optional floor mat should be placed in the driver’s side foot well only after first unfastening and removing the standard, carpeted floor mat."

NHTSA said it had no reports of injuries, accidents or deaths.

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2010 Ford Fusion

2010 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion entered the 2010 model year with two new versions added to the line-up: Hydrid and Sport. The new Fusion features new design (inside and out), improved and new technologies and new powertrains with improved fuel consumption.

The 2010 Fusion features a more aggressive front fascia with new headlamps, grille and fog lamps; the three-bar grille in particular is larger with a more modern look. The fog lamps are housed below in a trapezoidal-shaped lower opening to help complete the more-muscular look. At the rear there are new modernized taillights and decklid to help give the vehicle a more unified look from front to rear.

The hybrid version is powered by a combination of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 155 hp and 136 lb.-ft. of torque and a nickel-metal hydride battery. The hybrid vehicles can operate up to 47 mph in pure electric mode, approximately 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.

The Sport version get a 263-hp V-6 Duratec engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. It is offered as a FWD model, but AWD is also available.

The model line-u include (besides Sport and Hybrid): S, SE, SEL. The S version gets a 2.5-liter I-4 engine that delivers 175 hp; the SE and SEL get a new 3.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers 240 hp.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan - pricing announced

2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan - pricing announced

Revealed back in January both 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan are now on sale at a price of $19,995 and $21,905, respectively.

For the Fusion prices are as follow: the front-wheel-drive Fusion S, with a new fuel-efficient 2.5-liter I-4 engine, has a base price of $19,995; the SE trim level is $20,545; the SEL is $23,975, Fusion Sport FWD is priced at $25,825; AWD at $27,675. Fusion Hybrid has a base price of $27,995.

For Milan prices ranges from $21,180 for the FWD model with the I-4 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, to $27,800 for the well-equipped Milan Premier AWD model with a fuel-efficient 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The Hybrid version is priced at $31,300.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Ford Fusion Preview

2010 Ford Fusion Preview

Ford launched the 2010 Fusion, with three new engines and new transmission. The new engine offer both better performance and better fuel economy.

The 2010 Fusion will be offered with Ford’s all-new Duratec 2.5-liter I-4, producing 175 hp; an enhanced 3.0-liter V-6 with 19 more hp than its predecessor; and a 3.5-liter V-6 that pumps out 263 hp on the Fusion Sport model.

The new pairing of Fusion’s engines with the 6F35-Mid automatic transmission further drives the mid-size sedan’s competitive advantage, especially when compared to the outgoing five-speed gearbox that was offered with Fusion’s I-4 models. A five-speed is still the gearbox-of-choice for the 2.0-liter varieties offered on segment contenders Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

When the six-speed is paired with the 2.5-liter engine, for example, the Fusion powerpack delivers a 10 percent improvement in fuel efficiency along with increased power. The 3.0-liter configurations gain a 4- to 6-percent efficiency.

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2010 Ford Fusion comes with three new engines

2010 Ford Fusion comes with three new engines

The 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan (appearing in 2009) will come with a choice of three new engines that will deliver more horse power and better fuel economy. The three new engines are: Ford’s all-new Duratec 2.5-liter I-4, producing 175 hp; an enhanced 3.0-liter V-6 with 19 more hp than its predecessor; and a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 263 hp on the Fusion Sport model.

All engine are being offered with a six-speed transmissions for up to a 10 % fuel economy improvement (previously only V6 models had the six-speed.)

Press release after the jump.

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Ford Fusion GT coming in 2010

Ford Fusion GT coming in 2010

SVT is working on a GT version for the Ford Fusion that will be released in 2009 or early 2010.

Like the Lincoln MKS, Ford Flex, and Lincoln MKR the Fusion GT will be powered by an EcoBoost gas direct-injection, turbo engine.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 will make about 340 hp. The Fusion GT will also be equipped with a Haldex part-time AWD differential.

SVT wants to make the Fusion GT the poor man’s Audi S4.

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2009 Ford Fusion will get more power

2009 Ford Fusion will get more power

Ford will launch the new Fusion late this year. It will get more powerful and more efficient powertrain. The midsize sedan’s 160-horsepower inline four-cylinder engine will be replaced with a new 170-horsepower four-cylinder with variable valve timing. Coupled with a new six-speed transmission, the updated Fusion will be more powerful than the current model, and will boast better gas mileage.

The new engine is the same 2.5-liter motor that Ford unveiled in New York last month for the new Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner sport utility vehicles. The Fusion will also be getting the same six-speed transmission as those models.

Ford also said it would introduce a more powerful and efficient V-6 engine for the Escape and Mariner. While Ford did not make any announcement about a new V-6 for the Fusion, it is likely that engine will also replace its existing 3.0-liter V-6.

The redesigned Fusion will also feature a new front fascia and upgraded interior. A hybrid version had already been announced.

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2007 Ford Fusion by Galpin Auto Sport

2007 Ford Fusion by Galpin Auto Sport

One of the customized Ford models presented at Los Angeles Auto was a Fusion with Galpin Auto Sport. A performance suspension keeps the 19-inch wheels and Nitto Invo tires glued to the road. Inside, a Katzkin leather interior, features a six-point roll cage, leather and suede steering wheel and GAS custom audio system.

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2008 Ford Fusion Sport Package

2008 Ford Fusion Sport Package

For 2008, the Ford Fusion gets a Sport Appearance Package that helps it stand out from the pack, both inside and out. Available on the SE and SEL models, the new package lets Fusion owners add custom details to make their favorite car look even better.

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Ford Fusion hydrogen fuell cell breaks 200Mph

Ford Fusion hydrogen fuell cell breaks 200Mph

The Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 is the world’s first production based hydrogen fuel cell race car. The car reached 207Mph for a land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah on August 16th 2007.

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Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 to attemp speed record for fuel cell-powered vehicle

Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 to attemp speed record for fuel cell-powered vehicle

After 10 years of hydrogen research, Ford will attempt to set the world land speed record in a hydrogen fuel cell powered Ford Fusion. The vehicle to break the speed record is a Fusion Hydrogen 999 fuel cell car, a collaboratively engineered racer with Ballard, Roush and Ohio State University.

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2008 Ford Fusion

2008 Ford Fusion

Ford unveiled today the specifications for the 2008 Fusion with anti-lock brakes and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) now standard, five new colors and a new Sport Appearance Package.

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New Ford Fusion Commercial

New Ford Fusion Commercial

Check out this new Ford Fusion ( I mean Ford Taurus) Commercial unleashed on Youtube.com


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