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Old 11-19-2008, 12:54 PM   #1
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The new Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans have been fully revealed at the 2008 Los Angeles auto show. Highlights include a revised engine and transmission lineup, as well as hybrid versions of the Ford and Mercury twins.

The Fusion receives a more aggressive front end, with fenders that bulge out at the corners and a larger chrome grille with “eyebrows” that stretch above the restyled headlights. Trapezoidal openings in the lower front fascia are reminiscent of Ford’s European Kuga crossover and U.S.-bound Fiesta small car. Changes to the rear include new taillights that replace the clear units on the current model and a new trunk lid with more visual interest.

While the Fusion has lost its vertical headlights in favor of more horizontal units, the Milan has gone the other way. Its grille is widened, creating a softer-looking front end than the one it replaces. The Milan also gets updated taillights, though its rear view is less of a departure from the current car than the Fusion’s.

Interiors on both models have gotten some attention, as well. The dash is said to be made up of softer materials, while extra padding has been added to the armrests. Updated controls fill the center stack and Ford’s larger, Sync-enabled navigation system is now an option.

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The Fusion powertrain lineup has been completely overhauled. All transmissions, both manual and automatic, will have six speeds. Front-wheel drive is still standard, with all-wheel drive continuing as an option on V-6 models.

Mirroring changes made for the 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner, Ford will replace the Fusion and Milan’s 2.3-liter four-cylinder with a bored and stroked version that displaces 2.5 liters, as well as drop in a reworked version of the 3.0-liter V-6. The four-cylinder option now delivers 175 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, up from 160 and 156, respectively.

Ford is also claiming that the four-banger will achieve 33 mpg on the highway when mated to an automatic transmission, which bests the four-cylinder versions of the Toyota Camry (31 mpg) and Honda Accord (30 mpg). Ford says to expect a 0-to-60-mph time of 9.5 seconds for 2.5-liter Fusions equipped with the six-speed auto.
The 3.0-liter V-6 now makes 240 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque, increases of 19 hp and 23 lb-ft over the current version. It will also be E85-capable, and using the ethanol-heavy fuel will yield an additional 10 horses—and fewer mpg.

Ford’s 3.5-liter V-6 will finally see duty in a Fusion as the standard powerplant for Sport models, helping to differentiate a trim that is currently little more than an appearance package. The big V-6 is rated at 263 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque, and Ford says 7.0-second 0–60 sprints will be possible. Unlike the other engines, the 3.5-liter will not be shared with the Milan.

The 2010 Fusion and Milan will go on sale in the spring of 2009.
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:57 PM   #2
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Alongside a lineup of refreshed Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans, the Blue Oval has revealed details on the hybrid versions of the mid-size pair.



The hybrid system is similar to that used in the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids—which themselves use licensed technology from Toyota—although some significant improvements have been made. The gas-powered side of the equation is the same 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder, which produces 155 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque on its own. Several packaging improvements have been made, most notable being a revised nickel-metal-hydride battery that takes up 30 percent less space while also providing 20 percent more power. The cars’ regenerative brakes, a staple technology for hybrids, are said to reclaim up to 94 percent of available kinetic energy.



These new hybrids also claim to reach up to 47 mph using electric power alone, which is pretty unbelievable; most hybrids on sale today, including Toyota’s Prius, cap EV-mode speed at 25 mph or so. What’s more, Ford expects the new hybrids to beat the Toyota Camry hybrid by 5 mpg in the city, while also bettering its highway numbers. (The Camry hybrid is rated at 33 city and 34 highway.) All of this fuel aversion will allow a 700-mile city range for the hybrid duo, says Ford.


It all sounds quite good, but we hear the new tech won’t allow the company to both price the vehicles competitively and make anything near a profit, making these green sedans little more than environmentally friendly loss leaders.



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Ford has collaborated with design consultant group Ideo to create a new system to monitor fuel economy and other information. The system, clumsily dubbed SmartGauge with EcoGuide, is a reconfigurable gauge cluster made up of a large, centrally located analog speedometer flanked by two 4.3-inch LCD displays. Four default layouts can be chosen as a basis of customization, from a bare-bones look at vital vehicle stats to an information-laden view designed for—and with the help of—hypermilers. Why Ford wants to promote the dangerous driving techniques involved with hypermiling, we’re not sure.



The SmartGauge displays are bright and easy to read, but we do worry that this is another step toward total driver distraction. One such distraction is a display featuring a tree branch grows more leaves as the vehicle is driven in what’s determined to be environmentally friendly manner. Drive like a hooligan, though, and you’ll kill the tree. This hokey, literal interpretation of efficient driving can be turned off or substituted for a more useful gauge, but we look forward to wiping out whole forests once we drive the car.



Although SmartGauge’s grass-and-sky theme looks similar to Windows Vista, Ford says the system was developed entirely in-house and will not communicate with Microsoft’s SYNC system. SmartGauge also will not display navigation information on vehicles so equipped, which sounds sort of not-so-smart to us.



The 2010 Fusion and Milan hybrids will be fully revealed—wearing the nonhybrid cars’ new exterior and interior styling, of course—at this year’s Los Angeles auto show.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:40 PM   #3
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:44 PM   #4
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:17 AM   #5
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so the new fusion sorta looks like the old milan and the new milan sorta looks like the old fusion?
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:27 AM   #6
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well at least the interiors look super sharp.
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:31 AM   #7
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american eco boxes are getting uglier by the minute
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:07 AM   #8
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It's an improvement. I like the direction. Lose the chrome, definitely, but minus that the design looks pretty good for its segment.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:11 AM   #9
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I wonder what is says about me that I have always liked the female oriented Milan better than the fusion. Something about that water fall grill I think. In this new pair, though, I think the fusion is the more cohesive package. Reminds me of this:




Too bad it doesn't get better gas mileage, cause aren't these things alot smaller than the Camry and Accord, which get around the same mileage?
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:00 AM   #10
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Ford’s 3.5-liter V-6 will finally see duty in a Fusion as the standard powerplant for Sport models, helping to differentiate a trim that is currently little more than an appearance package. The big V-6 is rated at 263 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque, and Ford says 7.0-second 0–60 sprints will be possible. Unlike the other engines, the 3.5-liter will not be shared with the Milan.


Wow, THAT IS SPORTY.....


Where's the 6 speed manual with AWD at?
So close Ford, so close to appearing on my menu of acceptable choices...
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:18 AM   #11
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I just have to laugh at the orange peel of the paint.

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Old 11-20-2008, 10:00 AM   #12
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take a closer look at the orange peel on Subie paint too while your at it


Yes I see what you mean.... just saying the Japs do it too
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Yes I see what you mean.... just saying the Japs do it too
I know. Subaru is the worst of all.
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:44 AM   #14
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well at least the interiors look super sharp.
Agreed. I really like what they've done, although the exterior is a different story... the back of the Fusion is particularly terrible.

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This ranks as an under on the whelm meter.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:44 PM   #16
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And yes, Ford has been dipping into Detroit's vast crack supply again.

A base 4-cyl/6M Fusion goes for $19270.

The 2010 Fusion Hybrid will have a MSRP of... $27,270.

Supposed to get 39mpg city, incidentally.

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After debuting the 2010 Fusion at the LA Auto Show this week, Ford has just launched a new micro-site for the Fusion that finally includes pricing information. The base Fusion S starts at $19,270 with the four cylinder engine and 6-speed manual gearbox. The new Fusion Hybrid however, is nearly 42 percent more, starting at $27,290, a price point that includes the SmartGauge instrument cluster, satellite radio, 17" wheels and electronic stability control. For comparison, the Camry Hybrid is $26,150, but that doesn't include $450 for the upgraded audio with satellite radio. It also doesn't include anything quite like the SmartGauge which buyers will have put their own value on. Where the Fusion really jumps ahead of the Camry is fuel economy. The Ford's city fuel economy will now be at least 39 mpg, 6 mpg more than the Toyota. The Fusions should be on sale early in the new year.
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Nothing remarkable -- I saw an '08 Audi A4 last night that was no better.

Can someone please explain why Mercury still exisits?
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:51 AM   #18
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And yes, Ford has been dipping into Detroit's vast crack supply again.

A base 4-cyl/6M Fusion goes for $19270.

The 2010 Fusion Hybrid will have a MSRP of... $27,270.

Supposed to get 39mpg city, incidentally.

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You know, I am going to have to disagree with you on that...
When you compare it to the price of a Camry Hybrid, Ford's price is right inline... and it gets like ~15% better city gas mileage. I am not saying that $27k is not a lot of money, but you know this is a fully loaded car - We went to a local car show last night, and it's quite amazing how quickly any car's price gets jacked up with just a few options. They actually had the redesigned Millan at this show - the styling is not my cup of tea, but I could see it holding it own against the competition.

When gas hits $4+/gallon, this car should be quite the hit for Ford.

I have to admit that this redesign is impressing the heck out of me.


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I guess it leaves them room to offer a de-contented hybrid version in 2011 and undercut whatever Toyota does with the Camry...

It's not like they're planning on building too many in the first year anyway (25,000 from reports I've seen).
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Sorry, no bailout. Man, we are talking about a car that a year out and its outdated already. Where is the forward thinking in this company? Average looking car in a land amongst giants. Ford, GM and Chrysler need to ask themselves one simple question before building a car. What does this model bring to table that will changes consumer minds' into buying this car over an Accord or Camry? So far, nothing at all. Go back to the drawing board... 5 years of design and engineering planning for this crap? And to think i thought that GM was in worse shape
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Made to be rented. As always. Thank you Mazda for your adult version.

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... We went to a local car show last night, and it's quite amazing how quickly any car's price gets jacked up with just a few options. They actually had the redesigned Millan at this show ...
Hartford? I was there on Sat

I too was surprised to see the new Milan sitting there, even more Shocked to see the Lexus IS F open to climb into ...which left me disappointed ( I would so rock a G8 GXP instead )

I wonder why Ford had the new Milan visible but not the Fusion ...considering I saw at least 2 of the "current Fusion on the floor
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^^ yea, we went on Friday night, and I too was surprised to see the Milan seeing as how it was just unveiled like the day before.

I was rather disappointed in it's blandness - even more bland than the old model - didn't think that was possible actually. The GF kept on asking which is the new and which is the old model.
But then again, 1/2 the cars out there are bland as hell, so as long as it's priced right and well-built it should sell very well.

Disappointed no Fusion though.
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Looks like another Ford car that has a useless rear window.
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they seem like some pretty good cars, though I don't care for the grill. At least they have what appear to be some good engines in there. Good luck, ford

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