Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid Rated Up to 108 MPGe City, Making It America's Most Fuel-Efficient Sedan; Ford Projects Best

    Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid Rated Up to 108 MPGe City, Making It
 America's Most Fuel-Efficient Sedan; Ford Projects Best Hybrid Sales Quarter

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DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 28, 2012

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oThe all-new 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will offer up to an
    EPA-estimated 108 MPGe city, making it America's most fuel-efficient sedan
    by besting Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid by 5 MPGe
  oFord projects 19,000-plus hybrid/electric vehicle sales in the fourth
    quarter of this year, making it the company's best quarter for hybrids
    ever and besting its own previous hybrid vehicle sales record by more than
    50 percent; more than half of hybrid sales this year expected to come in
    this period
  oFusion Energi delivers power of choice for leading fuel economy as Ford's
    fifth electrified vehicle launching in the last 13 months and the fifth
    powertrain for the all-new Fusion, recently voted Green Car of the Year by
    Green Car Journal
  oFord is seeing demand for fuel economy across its lineup as the brand
    ranks No. 1 in fuel economy customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and now
    beats Toyota for leading efficiency in every segment where both compete

The 2013 Ford Fusion – recently voted Green Car of the Year – just got greener
as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certified the new Fusion Energi
plug-in hybrid at up to 108 MPGe, making it America's most fuel-efficient

Fusion Energi is the Ford brand's fifth electrified vehicle to launch in the
past year and is expected to accelerate the company's record hybrid sales
pace, including its highest monthly hybrid sales month ever in November. Ford
is seeing demand for fuel economy across its lineup as the brand ranks No. 1
in fuel economy customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and now beats Toyota for
leading efficiency in every segment where both compete.

The EPA also certified Fusion Energi to deliver up to 92 MPGe highway and a
combined 100 MPGe – figures that could potentially help save customers an
estimated $6,850 in fuel costs compared with an average new car over the
course of five years.

"The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is the exclamation point for Ford's
transformed lineup of fuel-efficiency leaders that now beats Toyota across the
board," said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development.

Adding to Fusion Energi's value – and the myriad ways it beats Toyota Prius
plug-in – are its innovative technologies that are designed to help win over
both novice and pro hybrid owners.

SmartGauge^® with EcoGuide, for example, provides in-vehicle customizable
displays, including instantaneous fuel economy readings and coaching functions
to help drivers understand and optimize their fuel efficiency.

SYNC^® with MyFord Touch^® offers multiple ways – including voice commands –
for customers to manage and control their phone, available navigation,
entertainment and climate functions. Plug-in hybrids and all-electric models
have additional options for monitoring information like battery state of

EV+ combines the built-in GPS of Ford SYNC with proprietary software
algorithms developed by Ford engineers to learn frequent destinations. As a
result, vehicles give drivers more drive time in electric-only mode.

Such technologies have helped get sales for Ford's electrified vehicle lineup
up and running. With more than 19,000 hybrid vehicle sales projected, the
automaker expects total fourth-quarter hybrid sales to set an all-time record
for a three-month period, with more than half of hybrid sales this year
expected to come in the fourth quarter.

In fact, C-MAX became the fastest-selling hybrid ever at launch after 8,030
units were sold in October and November, the first two months C-MAX was on the
market. The pace beat Toyota Camry Hybrid's 7,300 sales in its first two full
months of availability in May and June 2006.

"The response to C-MAX really shows the amount of pent-up demand from a
specific market for C-segment hybrids," says C.J. O'Donnell, marketing
manager, Ford Electrified Vehicles. "Fusion Energi has a different audience in
the midsize sedan market, but delivers many of the characteristics and
technologies that make C-MAX Energi so great, which is why we're anticipating
a similar positive response."

C-MAX is geared toward those most concerned with fuel economy, but designed so
that owners aren't forced to sacrifice comfort and convenience.

Fusion is designed with the driver's sense of style in mind, delivering a
midsize sedan that offers functional design elements that enhance its sleek
exterior and promote fuel economy. A video explaining the origin of Fusion
Energi can be found here.

With Fusion Energi and Fusion Hybrid, the all-new Fusion lineup brings the
widest range of powertrain options to the U.S. midsize segment. Fusion also is
available in gas-powered versions with a choice between a pair of
fuel-efficient EcoBoost^® engines and a normally aspirated four-cylinder

The addition of Fusion Energi gives customers yet another Ford option when
shopping for an electrified vehicle – already available are Focus Electric,
Fusion Hybrid, C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi.

Three of the vehicles – Focus Electric, C-MAX Energi and now Fusion Energi –
have received EPA ratings of 100 MPGe or more. Focus Electric delivers
EPA-estimated ratings of 110 MPGe city, 99 MPGe highway and 105 MPGe combined,
making it America's most fuel-efficient five-passenger car. C-MAX Energi has
an EPA-estimated rating of 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe

Focus Electric went on sale in late 2011, followed by C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX
Energi – the two vehicles that make up Ford's first hybrid-only line in North
America – this past autumn.

Fusing technologies
Many of the innovative technologies of Fusion Energi are shared across Ford's
electrified vehicle lineup and draw from the automaker's portfolio of about
500 patents related specifically to hybrid technology:

  oMyFord^® Mobile: Enables access via smartphone or Web-based interface to
    perform key tasks, such as monitoring a vehicle's state of charge and
    current range or locating charge stations and planning routes to find them
  oEco cruise: Saves vehicle energy by relaxing acceleration compared to
    standard cruise control
  oEV mode button: Conveniently mounted on the console to the right of the
    shifter – allows a driver to switch vehicle operation between three modes:
    all-electric, normal hybrid operation and conserve battery power for later
  oRegenerative braking is capable of capturing and reusing more than 90
    percent of the braking energy normally lost during the braking process
  oHybrid transmission, designed by Ford engineers in-house, is capable of
    operating at high speeds and in a smooth, fuel-efficient manner at the
    same time
  oAdvanced lithium-ion batteries used in Ford's electrified vehicle lineup –
    covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile component limited warranty – are
    smaller and lighter than nickel-metal-hybrid batteries used in
    previous-generation hybrids
  oCharge port with LED light ring, conveniently located on the driver's side
    and near the front of the car, it features a light ring that illuminates
    to indicate charge status

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
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