Ford Fusion (Americas)

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Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion Titanium -- 2012 NYIAS.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Production August 2005–present[1]
Assembly Flat Rock, Michigan, USA (Flat Rock Assembly Plant)
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico (Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Contour
Ford Taurus (fourth generation)

The Ford Fusion is a mid-size car produced by Ford. Introduced in the 2006 model year, it placed second in a Car and Driver ranking of top-selling mid-size cars, which described it as "Not your father's Taurus"[2] The 2010 model was awarded the Motor Trend Car of the Year[3] and its hybrid version won the 2010 North American Car of the Year Award.[4] The Fusion is manufactured at Ford's Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly where the similar (and now discontinued) Mercury Milan and the Lincoln MKZ were also built.[5] All three cars utilize the CD3 platform.

Production on the first Fusions began on August 1, 2005.[1] The Fusion replaced the Mondeo for the Latin American markets—except in Argentina (where the current European Mondeo is available) and in the United States and Canada (where it superseded the then mid-size Taurus). The Fusion is positioned between the compact Ford Focus and full-size Ford Taurus.[6] In the Middle East, this model is sold alongside the Mondeo. Versions sold there are available only with the 2.5-litre engine. Unlike in the United States, Canada and Latin America, no V6 engine is available in that region.[7] The same is true in South Korea, where only the 2.5-liter engines (including those for the hybrid model) are available as of the 2012 model year.

The second generation line-up includes a gasoline engine option, an EcoBoost engine option, a next-generation hybrid model, and a plug-in hybrid version, the Ford Fusion Energi, making the Ford Fusion the first production sedan to offer these four options. Sales of the gasoline-powered and hybrid versions began in the U.S. in October 2012 under the 2013 model. Sales in Europe and Asia, as Ford Mondeo, are expected to begin in 2015, along with South Africa, where the Fusion name will be used.[8] Deliveries of the Fusion Energi began in the U.S. in February 2013. The entire 2013 Ford Fusion line-up was awarded with the 2013 Green Car of the Year at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

First generation (2005–2012)[edit]

First generation
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Overview
Production August 2005—February 2, 2009 (initial run)
Model years 2006–2009
Designer Chris Walter (2002)[9][10]
Body and chassis
Platform Ford CD3 platform
Related
Powertrain
Engine 2.3 L Duratec 23 I4
3.0 L Duratec 30 V6
Transmission 5-speed Mazda G5M manual (I4)
5-speed Mazda FNR5 automatic (I4)
6-speed Aisin TF-80 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 107.4 in (2,728 mm)
Length 190.2 in (4,831 mm)
Width 72.2 in (1,834 mm)[11]
Height 57.2 in (1,453 mm)
Curb weight 3,280 lbs.[11]

Built on the Ford CD3 platform, the Fusion was the first production car to feature the "new face of Ford" three-bar grille, which (along with two matching bars below the bumper/fascia forming a five-bar design) was first seen on a retro V10-powered rear-wheel-drive concept car called the Ford 427, unveiled in 2003 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

At its launch, the Fusion was available in S, SE, and SEL trims. The base engine was the 160 hp (119 kW) Mazda-designed 2.3 L Duratec 23 I4, paired with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. SE and SEL models were available with a 221 hp (165 kW) 3.0 L Duratec 30 V6 and a 6-speed automatic.[11] The Fusion shares some interior parts with the otherwise unrelated Mk III Ford Mondeo, such as part of the console and the seats. Both automatic and manual transmissions are available (the latter only with the I4 engine).

Ford's early advertising campaign for the Fusion in the United States was entitled "Life in Drive", while in Canada it was "Create a Reaction".[12] In January 2007, the company launched a new campaign for the Fusion titled "Fusion Challenge" (later renamed "Ford Challenge"). The American Ford Fusion emerged the winner over the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord based on the attributes of styling, handling, and “fun to drive” in head-to-head comparison tests with the Japanese sedans performed by subscribers of Car and Driver and Road and Track magazines in the Washington D.C. and Los Angeles regions.

In July 2007, Motor Trend reported that Ford's Special Vehicle Team tuner group planned to release a Fusion GT in late 2009 or early 2010. Its 3.5-liter Eco-Boost V-6 would make about 340 horsepower.[13] No such vehicle ever came to fruition.

Model year changes[edit]

For 2007, all-wheel-drive became available on V6 models. Sirius Satellite Radio became available as an option on the SE and SEL models. The front passenger fold-flat seat was introduced and became standard on the Fusion SEL and SE models. Also, the Fusion gained front-seat side airbags and a side air curtain as standard features, as well as an anti-theft perimeter alarm. (All were previously available as cost options.) Also added was an auxiliary audio input jack for audio transmission from a portable audio player along with some equipment modifications. A DVD-based navigation system also became available.

For the 2008 model year, ABS became a standard feature, as did a tire pressure monitoring system. New optional features include rear parking assist, Ford's "SYNC" multimedia and communication system, and ambient interior lighting. The DVD navigation was replaced with a new generation system featuring voice commands, and for the first time navigation is available also with manual transmission. Finally, 2 packages were added to the options list: Sport Appearance Package and Moon and Tune package. The latter makes the Audiophile 8-speaker audio system available on the SE trim line. Several colors were deleted and some others added.

For 2009, electronic stability control was added as an option. A new appearance package with blue trim became available, and revisions were made to the exterior color palette as well.

Trim levels[edit]

For 2006-2009:

  • The S was the base model, including the 2.3L Duratec I4 engine, automatic transmission, A/M-F/M stereo with single-disc CD player and four speakers plus an auxiliary audio input jack, sixteen-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, cloth seating surfaces, and keyless entry.
  • The SE was the step-up model, adding seventeen-inch alloy wheels, A/M-F/M stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 player, power front driver's seat, and a security system.
  • The SEL was the top-of-the-line model, adding power dual front seats and later offering a standard Ford SYNC system.

In Mexico the Fusion was offered in two trim levels through 2005-06: SE and SEL, with automatic transmission only. For the 2007 model year, the S trim was introduced and a manual transmission was newly available for the S and SE trim levels. These two trims had standard 16-inch alloy wheels, while the SEL trim had 17-inch alloy wheels standard. The 2008 model year added Ford's Ford SYNC to the SEL trim. The manual transmission was discontinued after 2008 in Mexico due to poor sales. The 2009 model year was a very short one in Mexico because the 2010 Fusion arrived in dealerships by late February 2009.

Engines[edit]

Engine Displacement Power Torque
2.3 L Duratec 23 138 CID 160 hp (119 kW) 156 lb·ft (212 N·m)
3.0 L Duratec 30 V6 182 CID 221 hp (165 kW) 205 lb·ft (278 N·m)

Crash testing[edit]

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • Frontal Driver (2006, 07, 08 early release):[14][15][16] 4/5 stars
  • Frontal Driver (2008 later release, 2009):[17][18] 5/5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger (2006, 07, 08 early release):[14][15][16] 4/5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger (2008 later release, 2009):[17][18] 5/5 stars
  • Side Driver (no side airbag, 2006 only):[14] 4/5 stars
  • Side Driver (side airbag): 5/5 stars
  • Side Rear Passenger (no side airbag, 2006 only):[14] 4/5 stars
  • Side Rear Passenger (side airbag): 4/5 stars
  • Rollover FWD: 4/5 stars
  • Rollover AWD: 5/5 stars

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

  • Frontal Offset (2006, 07 early release):[19] Acceptable
  • Frontal Offset (2007 later release, 08–09):[20] Good
  • Side Impact (no side airbag, 2006 only):[21] Poor
  • Side Impact (side airbag 2006, 07 early release):[22] Acceptable
  • Side Impact (2007 later release, 08–present):[23] Good
  • Roof Strength (2005–10 mfg before May 2010):[24] Acceptable
  • Roof Strength (2010 mfg after April 2010–2012): Good

Although the frontal offset test for 2007 (later release) to 2009 is rated good overall by IIHS, injury measures from head/neck and right leg/foot is rated acceptable.[19]

2010 refresh[edit]

2010–2012
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Overview
Production February 5, 2009—2012[25]
Model years 2010–2012
Designer Chris Walter (2007)
Body and chassis
Platform Ford CD3 platform
Related
Powertrain
Engine 2.5 L Duratec 25 I4
3.0 L Duratec 30 V6
3.5 L Duratec 35 V6
Transmission 6-speed Mazda G6M manual (I4)
6-speed Ford 6F35 automatic (I4 & 3.0L V6)
6-speed Aisin TF-80 automatic (3.5L V6)
Continuous variable transmission (hybrid)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 107.4 in (2,728 mm)
Length 190.6 in (4,841 mm)
Width 72.2 in (1,834 mm)
Height 56.9 in (1,445 mm)
2010–2012 Ford Fusion S

For the 2010 model year, Ford significantly updated the Fusion,[26] along with the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ,[27] with new front and rear end fascia designs[28][29] and interior and powertrain revisions. Powertrain options are similar to those that debuted on the 2009 Ford Escape, including the new 2.5 L I4 and 3.0 L PIP Duratec series V6 engine coupled to Ford's new 6F35 six-speed transmission.[30] The 3.0 L Duratec provided 240 hp (179 kW) with E85 fuel capability, while the I4 provided 175 hp (130 kW). The 3.5 L Duratec 35 producing 263 hp (196 kW) was standard in the Fusion Sport. The I4 and 3.0 L V6 engines included adaptive knock control and aggressive deceleration fuel cutoff features to improve fuel economy.[31] Interior changes included a new optional 8" screen navigation control system, a new center console design, and Ford's new trademark "Ice Blue" illumination for the controls and gauges that is shared with the current Ford Focus and Ford F-150.

Trim levels[edit]

  • The S was once again the base model, including the 2.5L Duratec I4 engine, automatic transmission, A/M-F/M stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 player, auxiliary input jack and four speakers, sixteen-inch wheels, cloth seating surfaces, and keyless entry.
  • The SE was the mid-range model, adding seventeen-inch alloy wheels, six speakers, and power front driver's seat, as well as a security system. SIRIUS Satellite Radio also came standard on this model.
  • The SEL was the upper-end model, adding standard Ford SYNC system, later standard leather seating surfaces, and dual power front seats.
  • The Sport was the sports model, adding standard eighteen-inch alloy wheels, darkened front grille and rear bow lip, rear spoiler, leather seating surfaces with suede inserts, heated front seats, a Sony premium 292-watt sound system with subwoofer and external amplifier, a 3.5L Duratec V6 engine, sport tuned suspension, and a sunroof.
  • The Hybrid model added onto the SEL model, with a 2.5L Duratec I4 engine assisted by an Atkinson hybrid electric motor, an electroluminescent Optitron-style gauge cluster, dual power front seats, and an Eco Driving mode to tell the driver how economically they are driving.

Engines[edit]

Engine Displacement Power Torque Gas Mileage 0-60 Times
2.5 L Duratec 25 I4 152 CID 175 hp (130 kW) 172 lb·ft (233 N·m)[32] 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway/26 mpg combined (automatic); 22/30/25 (selectshift, SE/SEL trims); 22/32/25 (manual, S trim); 22/29/24 (manual, SE trim)[33] 8.0 sec
3.0 L Duratec 30 V6 182 CID 240 hp (179 kW) 223 lb·ft (302 N·m) 20/28/23 FWD; 18/26/20 AWD, gasoline/E85 flex fuel 7.4 sec
3.5 L Duratec 35 V6 213 CID 263 hp (196 kW) 249 lb·ft (338 N·m) (Fusion Sport); 18/27/21 FWD; 17/24/19 AWD 6.5 sec
2.5 L Duratec 25 I4 152 CID 156 hp (116 kW); 191 hp (142 kW) combined 136 lb·ft (184 N·m)[34] (Hybrid) 41/36/39 7.8 sec

Safety ratings[edit]

The Ford Fusion line-up was included in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2010 "Top Safety Picks" rating for the mid-size category.[35][36] Due to the fact that Ford modified and strengthened the roof structure of the Flex, Fusion, and MKT vehicles, these 2010 ratings apply only to Lincoln MKZs, Mercury Milan and Fusions built after April 2010.[35]

Safety concerns[edit]

In June 2010, it is reported that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was investigating into floormat-related unintended acceleration in 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. According to NHTSA's estimate, as many as 249,301 cars could be affected.[37]

On May 28, 2010, the NHTSA issued a statement that the stacking of all-weather floor mats from any manufacturer on top of the factory floor mat could cause accelerator entrapment. In their press release they stated the following: "NHTSA is urging drivers of 2010 Fusions to make sure they do not stack the rubber “All Weather” floor mat on top of the secured carpeted floor mat. Further, drivers are reminded to ensure that any driver-side floor mats (whether they are the carpeted floor mat or all weather floor mat) are properly installed and restrained by the retention hooks on the floorboard. Depending on vehicle and floor mat design, it is possible for unsecured floor mats to interfere with accelerator or brake pedals in a wide range of vehicles. Therefore, NHTSA reminds all drivers of all makes and models to check the driver-side floor mats for secure installation and to follow all manufacturer instructions for installing the mats."[38]

On October 2, 2014, the NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation opened an investigation into the Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) subsystem used in Ford Fusions, Lincoln MKZs, and Mercury Milans with model years between 2010 and 2012. The investigation was opened in response to over 500 complaints where motorists reported the sudden loss of power steering while driving. An estimated 938,000 vehicles are included in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.[39] On May 27, 2015, Ford issued a recall for 2011-2012 Ford Fusions, Mercury Milans, and Lincoln MKZ's made in Mexico, along with 2011-2013 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT's built in Chicago or Oakville. The repair involves a software update and/or steering replacement due to a malfunctioning sensor.[40]

Hybrid electric version[edit]

Main article: Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Fusion Hybrid has digital panels to track eco driving (top), and current hybrid drive propulsion (bottom).

The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a gasoline-electric hybrid powered version of the mid-size Fusion sedan launched to the U.S. market in March 2009, with an initial sale price of US$27,270.[41] EPA ratings for the Ford Fusion Hybrid are 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. In city driving a full tank delivers 700 miles.[42] In April 2009 editors of Kelley Blue Book named the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid to its 2009 list of "Top 10 Green Cars".[43]

The Fusion Hybrid qualified for a hybrid tax credit of US$3,400 prior to March 31, 2009. The credit dropped to US$1,700 if purchased by September 30, 2009, and to US$850 if purchased by March 31, 2010. This credit phased out on April 1, 2010.[44]

This model gets better EPA-estimated fuel economy than the Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Nissan Altima Hybrid, and the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, viewed as its competitors in the mid-size sedan segment.

Consumer Reports in its December 6, 2012 publication found that the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford C-Max Hybrid's tested fuel economy was 20% (8 MPG) short of Ford's EPA mileage claims. After many reports from owners and media of the Ford Fusion Hybrid getting less than the stated 47 MPG city/47 MPG highway/47 MPG combined, a class action lawsuit was brought against Ford on December 26, 2012.[45][46] Consumer Reports reviewed several other vehicle makes and models and found the Fusion Hybrid from Ford were the worst under-performers compared to EPA fuel efficiency ratings in real world usage compared to 16 others including hybrids.[47]

Second generation (2013–present)[edit]

Second generation
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid trim.jpg
Overview
Also called Ford Mondeo (fourth generation) (Europe)
Production Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico (Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly)
Flat Rock, Michigan, U.S. (Flat Rock Assembly Plant)
Designer Chris Hamilton, Kemal Curic (2010)[48][49][50]
Body and chassis
Platform Ford CD4 platform
Related Ford Fusion Energi
Lincoln MKZ
Ford C-Max Hybrid
Powertrain
Engine 1.5 L EcoBoost I4
1.6 L EcoBoost I4
2.0 L EcoBoost I4
2.5 L Duratec I4
Transmission 6-speed Ford B6 manual (1.6 EcoBoost only)
6-speed Ford 6F automatic (all engines)
CVT: Ford HF35 (hybrid and PHEV)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 112.2 in (2,850 mm)
Length 191.7 in (4,869 mm)
Width 72.9 in (1,852 mm)
Height 58.1 in (1,476 mm)
Curb weight 3,323–3,427 lb (1,507–1,554 kg)

The second generation Fusion was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show as a 2013 model. The redesigned Fusion is built on the Ford CD4 platform and is an example of Ford's global car strategy "One-Ford", with design led by Ford of Europe, started with the Focus and then the extension of Fiesta production, which both came into North America in 2012.[citation needed] As a One-Ford project, Ford of Europe Head of Advanced design team Chris Hamilton was commissioned as lead designer based in Detroit, under the guise Exterior Chief Designer for Ford/Lincoln, with design support led from Ford of Europe studios in Germany and the United Kingdom.[51] Test and development of localized versions was undertaken in both North America and Europe, resulting in different engine choices, automatic gearboxes, suspension settings and tires.

Like the previous generation Fusion, the final assembly takes place at Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Due to strong sales of the redesigned 2013 year model, additional capacity was added in Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Michigan. The hybrid version and the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will continue to be assembled in Mexico.[52] The Mexican assembly plant won the prized MIT, Worlds Best Automobile Plant award.[53]In Europe and other international markets, the engine range is similar, but the 2.5 will only be available in North America. In international markets, a three-cylinder 1.0L 123 bhp EcoBoost, claimed to produce just 125g/km of CO2 emissions; and the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is expected to be released between 2014 and 2015.[51]

The second generation Fusion was built with a 122 mm (4.8 in) longer wheelbase than the outgoing model's CD3 platform, is 28 mm (1.1 in) bigger overall, 18 mm (0.7 in) wider, and 31 mm (1.2 in) taller. In contrast to the front double wishbone suspension of the first generation Fusion, at front are MacPherson struts, and at rear is a multi-link rear suspension. Despite larger exterior dimensions, some aspects of the interior have shrunk, including the trunk, which fell slightly from 467 to 453 L (16.5 to 16.0 cu ft).

2013 model year Ford Fusion line-up, unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show

The 2013 Fusion is available in S, SE, and Titanium trim levels. Ford assembled five different powertrains for the second generation, including two hybrid variants. All available engines are four-cylinder offerings, dropping the previous model's 3.0L V6 as the top tier engine choice, as part of Ford's push to phase out the aging Duratec 30, as well as the Sport package's 3.5L V6 as a performance option.

The second generation Fusion introduced several driver assistance technologies based on sensors, cameras and radar. Safety features include Lane Keeping System; adjust vehicle speed to changing traffic conditions through adaptive cruise control with Forward Collision Warning; active park assist paired with a backup camera; and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, which consists of sensors in both rear quarter-panels that are able to detect traffic in a driver’s blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic unseen by the driver is detected. BLIS technology enables rear cross-traffic alert, aiding drivers backing out of parking space where visibility is obstructed.[54][55] Other safety features include Ford Sync, second-row Inflatable Safety Belts, Auto Start-Stop, electric power-assisted steering, and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

For the 2014 model year the chief improvement was new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine option.[56]

Models[edit]

  • S The base model, offering a 2.5L Duratec I4 engine, manual or automatic transmission, an A/M-F/M color screen stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 player, and USB and auxiliary input jacks and SIRIUS Satellite Radio, the Ford SYNC System, four speakers, cloth seating surfaces, sixteen-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, and keyless entry with a switchblade-style key.
  • SE Adds six speakers, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, and a power front driver's seat.
  • Titanium (replacing the SEL) Adds leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, dual power front seats, the MyFord Touch System with an A/M-F/M HD Radio radio, a single-disc CD/MP3 player, SD card slot, USB, A/V, and auxiliary input jacks, push-button start, keyless access, a Sony 390-watt premium surround sound system, and eighteen-inch alloy wheels.
  • Hybrid Is offered in the same three trims.

Engines[edit]

Engine Displacement Power Torque Gas Mileage/Transmission
2.5 L Duratec 25 I4 152 CID 175 hp (130 kW) 170 lb·ft (230 N·m) 22/34/26 (6F 6-Speed Automatic)
1.5 L EcoBoost Turbocharged I4 92 CID 178 hp (133 kW) 177 lb·ft (240 N·m) N/A (6F 6-Speed Automatic)
1.6 L EcoBoost Turbocharged I4 97 CID 178 hp (133 kW) 184 lb·ft (249 N·m) 25/37/29 (6-speed Ford B6 manual)
2.0 L EcoBoost Turbocharged I4 122 CID 240 hp (179 kW) 270 lb·ft (366 N·m) 22/33/26 (FWD); 22/31/25 (AWD) (6F 6-Speed Automatic)
2.0 L Duratec 20 I4 122 CID 141 hp (105 kW), 188 hp (140 kW) peak horsepower 129 lb·ft (175 N·m); 177 lb·ft (240 N·m) peak torque 47/47/47 CVT, Ford HF35 (hybrid and PHEV)

Hybrid[edit]

The new 2013 line-up also includes a next-generation hybrid version, and a plug-in hybrid version, the Ford Fusion Energi. The Ford Fusion became the first production sedan to offer these three options.[57] Sales of the gasoline-powered and hybrid version began in the US in October 2012.[58] Sales in Europe and Asia, as Ford Mondeo, are expected to begin in 2013.[59] Deliveries of the Fusion Energi began the U.S. in February 2013.[60][61] Sales of the Mondeo line-up, including the hybrid model, began in Germany in August 2014.[62]

For the second generation Fusion Hybrid the nickel-metal hydride batteries used in the hybrid first generation were replaced with lithium-ion batteries.[59] The 2013 model year is more fuel efficient than its predecessor, with a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 47 mpg-US (5.0 L/100 km; 56 mpg-imp) with the same rating for combined/city/highway cycles. This rating is also the same Ford achieved for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, as both hybrids share the same engine and drivetrain. These ratings allowed the 2013 Fusion Hybrid to outperform the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE by 4 mpg-US (59 L/100 km; 4.8 mpg-imp) city and8 mpg-US (29 L/100 km; 9.6 mpg-imp) highway, and to become the most efficient midsize hybrid sedan in the U.S. as of September 2012.[63] The Duratec 2.5, and EcoBoost 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 are sourced from Chihuahua, Mexico, Craiova, Romania, Bridgend, Wales, and Valencia, Spain, respectively. The 6F and HF35 automatic transmissions are sourced from Ford's Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, while the B6 manual is produced at the GETRAG FORD Transmissions GmbH facility in Halewood, United Kingdom.

Racing[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Generation 6 version of the Ford Fusion as driven by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. at Martinsville Speedway.

The Fusion also became the new body style for Ford automobiles in NASCAR beginning in 2006, replacing the Taurus.[64] This marked the first time since the Torino in 1968 that Ford introduced a new model that went racing in NASCAR at the same time as its launch. It debuted at the 2006 Daytona 500 and won its first race a week later in California when Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag. For safety reasons, the Car of tomorrow became the car style for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from the 2008 season,[65] but Ford continued to use the Fusion name. Kenseth took his #17 Fusion to victory lane in a rain-shortened Daytona 500 in 2009 and did so again (as a rain-delayed race) in 2012. On February 20, 2011, the #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion driven by 20-year-old Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500, echoing the NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee, David Pearson, when he won it in a similarly decorated Mercury in 1976. The #21 car is owned by the legendary Wood Brothers. NASCAR Drivers Aric Almirola, Blake Koch, Boris Said, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, David Gilliland, David Ragan, Eddie McDonald, Greg Biffle, J.J. Yeley, Joey Gase, Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Terry Labonte, Timmy Hill, Travis Kvapil, and Trevor Bayne drive Fusions.

Land speed record success[edit]

Ford announced its attempt to use a fuel cell version of the Fusion, Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999, to set a land speed record on August 10–17 during Bonneville Speed Week in 2007.[66] The Fusion 999 project was born in early 2006 when Ford fuel cell engineering manager Mujeeb Ijaz approached Roush Racing about a project to demonstrate the performance potential of a fuel cell-powered vehicle.

Roush's team, led by Rick Darling, worked with a team of Ford engineers and technicians led by Matt Zuehlk to come up with a vehicle design that could meet the goal of exceeding 200 mph (320 km/h) on the Bonneville Salt Flats, fueled only by hydrogen.[67] On August 15, 2007, the vehicle set the fastest fuel cell ground vehicle speed record of 207.297 mph (333.612 km/h).

The car was driven by retired Ford engineer Rick Byrnes, a long time Bonneville racer.[68]

Awards[edit]

2010 Motor Trend Car of the Year trophy won by the Ford Fusion line-up exhibited at the 2010 Washington Auto Show.
  • In July 2006, Strategic Vision gave the Fusion its Total Quality Award as the best-quality midsize sedan on the American market.[69]
  • In March 2006, the International Carwash Association named the Fusion America's "Most Washable Car."[70]
  • In December 2009, Car and Driver magazine listed the 2010 Fusion Hybrid as one of the "10 Best Cars". The piece stated that the Fusion Hybrid was the most advanced of all the cars they tested.[72]

Reviews[edit]

  • Consumer Reports has also given positive reviews to the Fusion, as it had to the previous Taurus. It rated the Fusion Hybrid the top domestic sedan for 2010.[76] In 2009, the magazine's automotive editor, Rik Paul, said, "The Ford cars outscored Honda's Accord and Toyota's Camry, the two top-selling cars in America, 'which many people view as the paradigms of reliability'," referring to the Fusion and Mercury Milan.[77]
  • Ford Fusion ranked highest among midsize cars in the JD Power APEAL study for 2006.[78]
  • In a 2012 comparison test by Motor Trend, the Ford Fusion came in third place out of six cars behind the first place Volkswagen Passat and second place Honda Accord.[81]

Consumer response[edit]

According to Ford, consumer response to the 2006 Fusion had exceeded their expectations,[82] with 30,000 sold during the first quarter of 2006. By October 2009, the Fusion became one of the top ten best-selling cars in the U.S. for the first time, as well as the best-selling car by a domestic automaker.[83]

An article reflecting on the retirement of the Taurus however noted that whatever its faults, Ford did sell a large volume of them, and at the time production ended, the Taurus was still outselling the smaller Fusion and larger Ford Five Hundred combined, thanks to Taurus' large fleet sales. For the 2007 model year, approximately 77% of Fusion sales were retail (as opposed to fleet).[84] This sales mix has contributed, in part, to the Fusion's relatively high residual value compared to the Taurus.[85]

Ford also sells the Fusion in Mexico and Brazil. In Brazil, it became the highest-selling car in its class in 2008.[86]

Yearly U.S. sales[edit]

Calendar
Year
Total
Sales
YOY
change
Hybrid
Sales
Hybrid
Share
Energi
Sales
Energi
Share
2005[87] 16,983 n/a
2006[87] 142,502 +739%
2007[87] 149,552 +5.0%
2008[87] 147,569 −1.3%
2009[87][88] 180,671 +22.4% 15,554 8.6%
2010[87][89] 219,219 +21.3% 20,816 9.5%
2011[87][90] 248,067 +13.2% 11,286 4.5%
2012[91][92] 241,263 -2.7% 14,100 5.8%
2013[87][93] 295,280 +22.4% 37,270 12.6% 6,089 2.1%
2014[94][95] 306,860 +3.9% 35,405 11.5% 11,550 3.8%
Cumulative sales
2005–2014
1,947,966 n/a 134,431 6.9% 17,639 0.9%
Notes: YOY: year-over-year, n/a: not applicable

References[edit]

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