Although we’re not privy to all the information divulged during executive meetings, it certainly appears as though Ford’s official response to the foreign competition is “Anything you can do, I can do better.” Unlike its fellow domestic automakers, however, Ford actually can do it better, and to support this assertion, we’d like to call our first witness to the stand: the 2010 Ford Fusion from the ’08 LA Auto Show.
Priced in the same $19k neighborhood as both the current market kings, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, the 2010 Ford Fusion is expected to manage an average of 30mpg and put out 240-horsepower (at least for the 3.5L V6, the 2.4L I-4’s output isn’t quite as powerful, obviously) – significantly outperforming the competition. Even more notable is the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which features a 2.5L I4 mated with an e-CVT (Electronically-controlled Continuously Variable Transmission) that is projected to average a whopping 700 miles per cycle. As is usually the custom with hybrid cars, the Ford Fusion Hybrid’s engine is supposed to notoriously quiet, but rumors have begun to circulate that if you strain hard enough, you can just barely make out the sound of Alan Mullaly saying, “Suck it, Japan.”
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