Wed
Nov 19 2008
08:47 am

Ford is introducing a 39MPG hybrid version of its Fusion/Milan sedan. They are also improving mileage on the base model, ramping up production of the Focus, and planning other more efficient models for 2010. A hybrid Fusion would be wildly popular -- if they can make enough of them.

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metulj's picture

Is that the European Focus?

Is that the European Focus? Radically different car in terms of mileage, performance, and fit and finish.

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

WhitesCreek's picture

The Fusion is actually

The Fusion is actually attractive, not something Ford is particularly known for, until you look at the front. if I have one bit of advice to Ford it's get rid of the blue logo on cars. It's a visual fingernail on the blackboard.

I did note the effort at making the interior quiet. The ambient noise level is my one complaint against my Matrix.

Stick Thrower's picture

Ford fans don't mind the blue oval...

get rid of the blue logo on cars.

Hey! Ford loyalists actually like that blue. Ford Blue, Coca-Cola red, John Deere green, Kodak gold, Volunteer Orange...

Photos from WorldCarFans.com:

2010 Milan

2010 Fusion

Not bad. Still not crazy about the headlight shape, but I like the more rounded hood. The Fusion front end looks a little bit less Tempo-esqe now, and the Milan waterfall front end is more aggressive looking with the wider gaps in the grill.

Didn't know they were planning a hybrid... starting to regret buying a new Honda last sunday.

WhitesCreek's picture

Exactly...

Ford loyalists actually like that blue.

And people who don't like it don't buy Fords. See the problem?

JaHu's picture

Speaking of hybrids, and one

Speaking of hybrids, and one that may affect our economy locally. I heard Sea Ray may be coming out with a hybrid for their 35' yachts. It will only use 2 gal of fuel an hour and have a top speed of 35-40 miles an hour. I don't know how reliable my source was though.

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