Earlier this week I was in Detroit with Ford for the North American International Auto Show. They flew roughly 149 "online influencers" in from around the world to be a part of this exciting event and for the big reveal of the 2013 Ford Fusion. The morning of January 9th started off with an electrifying Ford press conference where we were introduced to the car that would eventually receive the Best in Show Award.
|2013 Ford Fusion|
The 2013 Ford Fusion is without a doubt a gorgeous car with a European style and feel. To be blunt, this vehicle is sexy! But that is not the only thing that makes this car a rock star. What I love about the new Fusion is that it will be available in FOUR different engines. In addition to a traditional gasoline engine, there will be three more eco-friendly engines to choose from. All are expected to deliver top fuel economy.
|2013 Ford Fusion EcoBoost|
|2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid|
The Ford Fusion Hybrid continues to evolve with all-new lithium-ion batteries that save weight and generate more power, while increasing maximum speed under electric-only power mode from 47 mph to 62 mph. It is anticipated to deliver best-in-class fuel economy of 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway.
|2013 Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid|
The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will be at the top of the fuel efficiency ladder, aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Fusion Energi is expected to deliver more than 100 MPGe. This will be 8 MPGe more than the Chevrolet Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model.
Some model of the 2013 Fusion will also feature an automatic start stop system which will turn off the engine when the car is stopped and seamlessly turn it back on once the driver lifts his or her foot off the brake. This can result in a 3.5% fuel savings and emissions reduction.
Remember when I said this car was sexy? On Tuesday during lunch we were able to get a little closer to a Ford Fusion Energi. The two-toned black and red interior in this model is just stunning. I'm not sure which had me drooling more, the buffet lunch or this car. What do you think?
I must say that I was rather impressed with Ford and the Fusion after this huge reveal. To offer the same body of the car in four different engine options, three of them being eco options, seems just brilliant to me. The price points for these vehicles have not been released yet, I am hoping they will be affordable for the average American family.
I am also happy to see Ford and the automotive industry moving forward in the development of alternative fuel cars. Remember when the only fuel efficient car was a little tiny thing that would never work for a family? Now we are finally seeing these types of cars in the midsize sedan class. I can only hope that they continue to improve the technology and push to get alternative fuel options like this in even bigger vehicles. This green mom of four little ones would absolutely flip for a hybrid or electric minivan. Next year maybe?
I have so much more to share with you from my trip to Detroit with Ford. Especially how Ford uses sustainable materials in the manufacturing of there vehicles. It is pretty cool stuff. So be sure to check back in for my next installment.
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I was not monetarily compensated for this post. Ford flew me to Detroit, housed me, fed me and showed me a bunch of cool stuff in hopes that I would share what I learned with my readers. I am under no obligation to post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.