All-New 2013 Ford Fusion Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick; Offers Smart Technology, Leading Fuel Economy

All-New 2013 Ford Fusion Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick; Offers Smart Technology,
                             Leading Fuel Economy

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 8, 2012

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently named the
    all-new 2013 Ford Fusion a Top Safety Pick for 2012
  oThe all-new Fusion features the Personal Safety System, new safety belt
    technologies and a total of eight airbags which can provide protection for
    vehicle occupants in the event of a crash
  oRedesigned seat-mounted side airbags incorporate new venting technology to
    further enhance side impact protection

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today named the all-new 2013
Fusion a Top Safety Pick.

To earn a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must receive a rating of "Good" in the
following evaluations: offset frontal impact, side impact, dynamic head
restraint and roof strength testing. In addition to the Top Safety Pick, the
new Ford Fusion offers leading fuel economy and smart technologies, such as
auto start/stop.

"The new Fusion is another example of Ford's commitment to the highest
standards of safety and we are proud that IIHS has recognized these efforts,"
said Steve Kenner, global director of the Automotive Safety Office.

Protection in case of crash

The all-new Fusion features the Personal Safety System with new safety belt
technologies and frontal impact airbags.

The Personal Safety System is a network of components that work together to
tailor the deployment of the front airbags during frontal collisions. The
restraint control module (RCM) translates information collected by the front
crash sensors, front outboard safety belt buckle switches, driver-seat track
position and passenger seat weight sensor. Using this information, the RCM
activates the safety belt pretensioners and determines how the dual-stage
front airbags will deploy. This tailored deployment is designed to better
protect an occupant by adapting its release to the size of the person.

The redesigned seat-mounted side airbags deploy lower in the pelvis area in
addition to the chest and incorporate new venting technology. The side
airbag's venting technology takes into account the size of the occupant. The
tunnel vent on the seat mounted side airbag is designed to line up with the
shoulder area of a larger occupant keeping the side airbag from venting. On
smaller passengers, the effect is just the opposite because the occupant's
shoulder is below the vent, the gas vents out of the airbag.

The driver's frontal airbag uses a reconfigured curve-shaped tether system
that pulls in the lower section to create a pocket that help to lessen the
impact of the airbag on the driver's chest and ribs in frontal crashes.
Deploying at the same time is a driver's knee airbag.

Top fuel economy, driver assist technology

The Fusion boasts leading fuel economy and numerous driver assist technologies
that help enhance the driving experience, reduce stress and assist in avoiding
potentially harmful scenarios.

Fusion brings the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the
midsize car segment. Consumers have the choice of a pair of EcoBoost ^
four-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, an automatic
start stop system to shut off the engine at stationary idle, front-wheel drive
and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manually
shifted six-speed transmissions. The Fusion also offers hybrid and plug-in
hybrid alternatives. The hybrid offers 47 mpg on the highway and in the city.
The plug-in hybrid offers 100 mpgE, a mile per gallon equivalency metric for
electrified vehicles.

Maneuvering parking lots and traveling open roadways become even safer and
less stressful with Fusion's available sensor-based BLIS^® (Blind Spot
Information System) with cross-traffic alert. BLIS sounds an alert when a
vehicle is detected entering a blind spot. Cross-traffic alert warns if
traffic is detected approaching from the sides, such as when Fusion is leaving
a parking space in reverse.

Parallel parking the Fusion is virtually stress-free with the available active
park assist system. With the press of a button, the system detects an
available parallel parking space and automatically steers the vehicle into the
space. Drivers control only the gas and brake pedals.

Other driver assist technologies featured in the Fusion include:

  oLane Keeping Assist
  oLane Keeping Aid
  oDriver Monitoring
  oAdaptive Cruise Control
  oRearview Camera
  oFront/Rear Park Aids
  oHill Start Assist
  oElectronic Parking Break

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 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Kelli Felker, +1-313-322-1790, kfelker1@ford.com
 
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