EPA: New Ford Fusion Energi Delivers 620-Mile Range, 21 in EV Mode; Beats Honda Accord, Toyota Prius PHEVs

  EPA: New Ford Fusion Energi Delivers 620-Mile Range, 21 in EV Mode; Beats
                       Honda Accord, Toyota Prius PHEVs

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 17, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oNew Fusion Energi sedan is Ford's newest plug-in hybrid – capable of
    making trips of up to 620 miles without having to stop for gas or to
    recharge the battery when starting with a fully charged battery and full
    gas tank
  oFord Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid delivers up to 21 miles in electric-only
    mode – nearly triple the electric-only range of the Toyota Prius plug-in
    hybrid and double the Honda Accord plug-in hybrid
  oFusion Energi is Ford's second production plug-in hybrid – the all-new
    Ford C-MAX Energi has been available since November – rounding out a list
    of five Ford electrified vehicles that have launched since late 2011
  oThe vehicles in Ford's all-new electrified lineup have been sprinting out
    of the gate – December marked the second consecutive month in which the
    company set a record for hybrid vehicle sales; nearly 20,000 Ford hybrids
    were sold in the fourth quarter

Already Ford's most fuel-efficient sedan, the all-new Fusion Energi now has an
EPA-rated total range of up to 620 miles and the ability to drive up to 21
miles in electric-only mode, nearly triple the electric-only range of plug-in
hybrids from Toyota and Honda.

With its 620 mile range, the new Fusion Energi can travel from Boston to
Virginia Beach on one tank of gas and one full charge or traverse the West
Coast's scenic Highway 101 from Sacramento to San Diego.

And the stellar range only adds to the benefits Fusion Energi boasts,
including EPA-rated fuel economy figures of 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway and
100 MPGe combined – up to 5 MPGe greater than Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.
These are numbers that the EPA anticipates could help save customers an
estimated $6,850 in fuel costs compared with an average new car over the
course of five years.

Similar metrics across its entire lineup have helped the Ford brand climb to
No. 1 in fuel efficiency customer satisfaction – J.D. Power says Ford now
beats Toyota for leading fuel efficiency in every segment where both compete.

Ford sold more hybrids in the fourth quarter of 2012 than in any other
three-month period during the company's entire history with 19,554 units sold.
Fusion Energi is the Ford brand's fifth electrified vehicle to launch in the
past year.

"Fusion Energi rounds out Ford's list of available electrified vehicles
perfectly by delivering another option to those who want to drive a hybrid
without sacrificing comfort and convenience," said Raj Nair, group vice
president, Global Product Development. "In fact, Fusion Energi's ability to
drive up to 620 miles without stopping for gas or to charge a battery almost
epitomizes convenience."

Fusion Energi benefits from 20 years of research and innovation behind the
software and hardware technology it offers, incorporating many of the nearly
500 patents Ford holds in the area of hybrid technology.

This extensive experience with hybrid technology shows in the product now
available. The car's powersplit technology – which allows for more efficient
operation of the vehicle – consists of more than 200 patents alone.

Consider the vehicle's top electric-only speed of 85 mph – a full 23 mph
faster than Toyota Prius plug-in. Further, Fusion Energi delivers total
horsepower of 195 with a fully charged battery – 60 more horsepower than the
Prius plug-in.

Fusion Energi also boasts standard features such as active park assist and
SYNC^® with MyFord Touch^®.

Fusion Energi sets itself apart in other ways, too. For example, it offers the
latest generation of SmartGauge^® with EcoGuide. Designed to help drivers get
the most from Fusion, information such as instantaneous fuel economy can be
displayed on one of two 4.2-inch LCD screens, helping drivers more closely
monitor how their driving behavior affects vehicle efficiency.

In the right cluster, redesigned imagery of green leaves shows overall driving
efficiency. The left cluster can display numerous screens that contain
information about the vehicle and how it's being driven. Brake Coach, for
example, helps drivers optimize their use of the regenerative braking system
so that driving range can be maximized through proper braking techniques.

EV+ is a feature that learns frequent destinations by combining the built-in
GPS of Ford SYNC with proprietary software algorithms developed by Ford
engineers. As a result, vehicles deliver more drive time in electric-only
mode.

The MyFord^® Mobile smartphone application (available soon) allows users to
monitor charging, receive alerts, find charge stations, plan trips and do more
from their smartphones or computers for an effortless transition to an
electrified vehicle lifestyle.

"Ford's electrified vehicles offer a great combination of efficiency,
performance, technology and affordability that we believe will help spur
adoption of these advanced vehicles," says Kevin Layden, director, Ford
Electrification Programs and Engineering.

Consider other Fusion Energi features:

  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
    use
  oRegenerative braking:Capable of capturing and reusing more than 95
    percent of the braking energy normally lost during the braking process
  oHybrid transmission: Designed by Ford engineers in-house, this
    transmission is capable of operating at high speeds and in a smooth,
    fuel-efficient manner at the same time
  oAdvanced lithium-ion batteries: The batteriesused in Ford's electrified
    vehicle lineup – covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile component limited
    warranty – are smaller and lighter than previous generation
    nickel-metal-hydride batteries
  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

Providing choice
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 combined or more. Focus Electric is
America's most fuel-efficient compact car with an EPA-rated 110 MPGe city, 99
MPGe highway and 105 MPGe combined. C-MAX Energi is EPA-rated at 108 MPGe
city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe combined.

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. More about Ford's electrified vehicles can be
found here.

With Fusion Energi and Fusion Hybrid, the all-new lineup of Fusion vehicles
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 two
fuel-efficient EcoBoost^® four-cylinder engines. In addition, Fusion is
available with Ford's patented Auto Start-Stop system, which automatically
shuts off the engine at stationary idle to help save customers fuel in
stop-and-go city driving.

For more on the new Ford Fusion, check outhttp://FordFusionStory.com, a
special mobile site featuring articles, videos and graphics that are easily
shareable directly from a smartphone, tablet or computer browser to Facebook,
Twitter, Google+ and blogs.

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 and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Wes Sherwood, +1-313-390-5660, wsherwoo@ford.com, or Amanda Zusman,
+1-313-322-3132, azusman@ford.com
 
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