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Ford Says Hybrid System Gains Give Fusion Edge Over Camry

Ford Motor Co., the first U.S.-based carmaker to sell a hybrid, said its pace of technology is accelerating to allow its new Fusion to top Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry hybrid when it goes on sale later this year.

Ford patents related to gasoline-electric systems have risen to 461, from only 30 a decade ago, with more on the way, Chuck Gray, chief engineer for hybrid and electric powertrains, said in an interview. Ford last month said the hybrid version of its revamped Fusion will get 47 miles per gallon in city driving, 44 mpg highway. The new Camry hybrid that went on sale last year is rated at 43 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.