America’s #2 automaker is embracing electrification with almost as much zeal as it used to hawk hulking SUVs. Ford has launched five new electrified models in the past year.
The EPA has awarded the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid a fuel efficiency rating of 100 MPGe combined, which makes it the country’s most fuel-efficient sedan, according to Ford.
America’s #2 automaker is embracing electrification with almost as much zeal as it used to hawk hulking SUVs. Ford has launched five new electrified models in the past year, and reported its best month ever of hybrid sales in November.
The Fusion and its sister, C-MAX, both come in hybrid and plug-in hybrid varieties. While C-MAX is a practical hatchback that competes directly with Toyota’s Prius line (as Ford constantly reminds us), the Fusion sedan is “designed with the driver’s sense of style in mind,” and has sportier lines but much less cargo space.
C-MAX sold a healthy 8,030 units in its first two months on the market, and Ford is projecting similar success for the new Fusions.
“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.”
Source: Ford Motor Company