More Info on the 2010 Ford Fusion

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
more info on the 2010 ford fusion

To get answers to some of your questions regarding the refreshed Ford Fusion, I got in touch with one of the Ford PR folks, but rather than hide my findings in comments, we’ll post them here.

– The 2.5 liter 4-cylinder model will be available with a manual transmission, contrary to my previous expectations. For the other 98 percent of buyers, it’s a six-speed auto.

– AWD will still be available on the 3.0 and 3.5-liter V6 cars (proving Berkowitz’s guesses wrong again).

– The Fusion’s manumatic will be controlled with a +/- system on the gear lever base, not steering wheel buttons.

– On sale date is the nebulous “First Quarter 2009.” Considering that nobody is going to be buying cars this November, December, January, I don’t think it matters much that the refreshed Fusion isn’t going on sale for a few months.

– Ford is hoping/anticipating/guessing that the hybrid version will deliver best in class fuel economy. For reference, the Camry Hybrid is rated at 33/34.

– The Fusion Hybrid version will have slick/gimmicky SmartGauge system– two LCD screens surrounding the analog speedo gauge– to show instant fuel economy, etc. It’s good marketing to make hybrid drivers feel like they have a special car (i.e. the Prius’ space cadet interior).

– The Fusion’s cabin will be improved. I’ve tossed in one of KGP/Jalopnik’s spy photos of the Fusion’s refreshed interior into the gallery. SYNC will be available with or without the nav system.

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  • RobertSD RobertSD on Oct 30, 2008
    @ CRC, Justin Berkowitz If you look at any of the photos that capture the rear of the prototypes running around, you'll notice the three headrests in the back seat.

  • NetGenHoon NetGenHoon on Oct 30, 2008

    Matthew Danda: Ford's Position is explained here. Here's the pertinent stuff: Ford also licensed Toyota hybrids patents after its engineers realized that the system Ford had developed had features similar to ones patented by Toyota. (Honda developed a different hybrid system.) The two automakers struck an accord last year that included an exchange of patents: Toyota gave Ford license to use some of its hybrid technology, and Ford gave the Japanese automaker diesel and direct-injection engine technology.

  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys you want america great again? bring back honest unions
  • TheEndlessEnigma ...and nothing is UAW politics, policies or behavior will change.
  • TheEndlessEnigma If the staff being directed to relocate aren't already in California or Illinois Rivan is likely to find a not inconsiderable portion of that staff decline the relocation; California and Illinois are not places folks are tending to MOVE TO unless you're already in those states.
  • MrIcky I think you spelled Sinn Féin wrong.
  • TheEndlessEnigma If they restrict it to electric only....well...another Stellantis fail inbound.