We’re fresh into the new year and talk about 2010 models has surfaced. Indeed, the 2010 Mercedes GLK350 is already in showrooms while a number of new models from a variety of manufacturers will begin to show up over the coming months. It seems that the auto world just can’t wait for 2010!
The Ford Motor Company will soon be leading the charge to 2010 when the all new Ford Mustang makes its debut this Spring. That car will hit Ford showrooms just about the same time that the revived Chevrolet Camaro returns, one of three pony cars (including the Dodge Challenger) which will be available this year.
But it is Ford’s trio of midsize sedans which has all of the attention as the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ have been redone and will also show up in showrooms this Spring. Of the three, the Fusion is getting the most attention as it the volume leader, with the Milan sharing the same components. The Lincoln MKZ is the upscale version of the three, offering much more luxury and top of the line technology compared to the others.
Recently, Ford announced that the Fusion Hybrid received its fuel economy ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency, figures which show that the car will get 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The city mpg or miles per gallon figure is most noticeable as it is a full 8 mpg higher than the competing Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Even more recently Ford announced that the standard four cylinder 2.5L DURATEC engine paired with a six speed transmission would return 23 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, the latter some 3 mpg better than the standard Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Again, Ford has stolen the buzz away from the Camry, which is America’s most popular car.
“Take your pick: Whether you want a gas-powered or hybrid mid-sized sedan, the new Fusion offers the best fuel economy in America,” said Barb Samardzich, Ford’s vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “We promised to offer best-in-class or among the very best fuel economy with every new vehicle we introduce, and we are making good on that pledge with hybrids, new high-tech gasoline engines, new six-speed transmissions and other fuel efficient technologies.”
Clearly, Ford is going in the right direction with its all new Ford Fusion as well as with its Mercury and Lincoln twins. With the most fuel efficient models in the midsize car segment, Ford is once again showing leadership by raising the fuel efficiency bar.