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Old 04-28-2009, 02:40 PM   #1
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The team that set out this past weekend to cover 1,000 miles on a single tank of gasoline succeeded and then some. When the team of race drivers, engineers and hyper-milers crossed the 1,000-mile mark a little after 9:00 am on Monday morning, there was still more than a third of a tank left. Over 47 hours of running the team led by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards and including record braking hyper-miler Wayne Gerdes averaged over 80 mpg.

The plan is to drive the bone stock Fusion until the tank runs dry. Along the way team members are running public clinics to help teach people how to drive more efficiently, even if they can't necessarily match the antics of Gerdes, while simultaneously raising money for the Juvenile diabetes Foundation. While it's obviously possible to achieve these kinds of lofty mileage numbers in the Fusion, it isn't something most people will do on a regular basis, but Ford set out to prove it could be done and the team succeeded. Kudos
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:43 PM   #2
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:47 PM   #3
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They cropped out the 18wheeler they were drafting the whole time.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:52 PM   #4
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They cropped out the 18wheeler they were drafting the whole time.
Also sponsored by Ford, with huge 1,000 mile challenge vinyls on it, averaging 6 mpg.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:55 PM   #5
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Guys, give it a rest. Ford is doing one thing that most other US companies are not. Standing on their own two feet. Building a better product and securing market segment without asking John Q Taxpayer for money.

Sure its a ford that can go 1000 miles on a tank of gas. I say Kudos to Ford, and I give them credit where its due. Cars like this that are smartly engineered and can be bought today are why Ford will be around 10 years from now. Still births like the Volt cannot compete.

Instead of just going off some knee jerk reaction , 'its a ford', why dont you step back and see how important this car can be to them, and for keeping Americans employed.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:55 PM   #6
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FUSION HYBRID AVERAGES 81.5 MPG, SETS WORLD RECORD WITH 1,445 MILES ON SINGLE TANK OF GAS
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•Drivers trained in mileage-maximizing techniques achieve 1,445 miles on a single tank of gas in a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid – averaging 81.5 mpg in Washington, D.C. – and set world record for gasoline-powered, midsize sedan

•The Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile Challenge proves that fuel-efficient driving techniques can nearly double a vehicle’s EPA-rated fuel economy

•The demonstration of the Fusion Hybrid’s ultra high-mileage potential also raised more than $8,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2009 – Drivers trained in mileage-maximizing techniques such as smooth acceleration and coasting to red lights were able to get an extraordinary 1,445.7 miles out of a single tank of gas during a fund-raising effort in Washington, D.C. that concluded today. They did it by averaging 81.5 miles per gallon in an off-the-showroom floor, non-modified 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient midsize car in North America – nearly doubling its U.S. certified mileage.

The Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile Challenge started at 8:15 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 25, from Mount Vernon, Va., and ended this morning at 5:37 a.m. on George Washington Parkway in Washington, D.C. After more than 69 continuous hours of driving, the Fusion Hybrid finally depleted its tank and came to a stop with an odometer reading of 1,445.7 miles – setting a world record for gasoline-powered, midsize sedan.

The challenge team, which included NASCAR star Carl Edwards, high mileage trailblazer Wayne Gerdes and several Ford Motor Company engineers, raised more than $8,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) by exceeding the goal of 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas. The Fusion Hybrid’s official estimated range is approximately 700 miles per tank.

“Not only does this demonstrate the Fusion Hybrid’s fuel efficiency, it also shows that driving technique is one of the keys to maximizing its potential,” said Nancy Gioia, director, Ford Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs. “The fact that we were able raise much needed funds for JDRF while raising the bar on fuel efficient driving performance made the effort doubly worthwhile.”

Maximizing mileage
A team of seven drivers prepared for the challenge by learning a few mileage-maximizing techniques, most of which can be used in any vehicle to improve fuel economy, but are especially useful in the Fusion Hybrid where the driver can take advantage of pure electric energy at speeds below 47 mph.

CleanMPG.com founder Wayne Gerdes, an engineer from Illinois who coined the term “hypermiling” to describe the mileage-maximizing techniques, provided the pointers. They include:

•Slowing down and maintaining even throttle pressure;
•Gradually accelerating and smoothly braking;
•Maintaining a safe distance between vehicles and anticipating traffic conditions;
•Coasting up to red lights and stop signs to avoid fuel waste and brake wear;
•Minimize use of heater and air conditioning to reduce the load on the engine;
•Close windows at high speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag;
•Applying the “Pulse and Glide” technique while maintaining the flow of traffic;
•Minimize excessive engine workload by using the vehicle’s kinetic forward motion to climb hills, and use downhill momentum to build speed; and
•Avoiding bumps and potholes that can reduce momentum
“You become very aware of your driving because you’re constantly looking for opportunities to maximize mileage, and a more aware driver is a safer driver, too,” said Gil Portalatin, Ford hybrid applications manager.

In addition, it is important for Fusion Hybrid drivers to manage the battery system’s state of charge through the use of regenerative braking and coasting, and balancing the use of the electric motor and gas engine in city driving to avoid wasting fuel.

Fusion Hybrid drivers also can stay more connected to the hybrid driving experience with Ford’s SmartGaugeTM with EcoGuide, a unique instrument cluster that helps coach drivers on how to optimize performance of their hybrid.

The Challenge
The Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile Challenge team took turns driving several routes in and around the national capital over the course of approximately three days and nights. The route involved elevation changes, and ranged from the relatively open George Washington Parkway to a 3-mile stretch in the heart of the city that is clogged with roughly 30 traffic signals.

“The Fusion Hybrid works brilliantly,” Gerdes said. “When you don’t need acceleration power while driving around town, the gas engine shuts down seamlessly. There’s not another hybrid drivetrain in the world that does that as effectively. The Fusion engineering team really knocked it out of the park.”

Ford NASCAR star Carl Edwards took time away from the high speed world of professional car racing to contribute to the Fusion Hybrid team’s success in D.C.

“It was exciting to be an active part in this challenge. The fact that it will help spread the word about the Fusion Hybrid’s great mileage, and help out a great charity, makes it even more special,” said Edwards, whose ‘99’ team has used fuel-saving techniques to win races. “There’s no question that the Fusion Hybrid will help consumers save fuel when they drive it. Having driven the car, I feel strongly about how great it is – so strong that I’ve purchased one myself.”
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:07 PM   #7
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This is actually quite amazing. The Fusion is actually one of the better looking mid-size sedans Ford has brought out in the last 10 years. The fact that it's a hybrid will help to bolster its re-sale value down the road.
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:15 PM   #8
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That is REALLY cool.

Way back in the day, I thought Ford was the best US car maker, then over the years they dropped way the hell down to last place, but over the past 12 months, Ford has impressed the hell out of me.
It seems that even if they don't have the best cars on the road just yet, they are getting there... like the Fiesta and eventually the Euro-Focus and Mondeo.

Obviously that 81 MPG average is NOT gonna be anywhere close to typical, but still that is a very impressive number - even if you could get HALF that in "real world" driving, that would still be very good for a mid-sized car. I would like to see/hear more of EXACTLY how they got there though.
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:25 PM   #9
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Guys, give it a rest. Ford is doing one thing that most other US companies are not. Standing on their own two feet. Building a better product and securing market segment without asking John Q Taxpayer for money.

Sure its a ford that can go 1000 miles on a tank of gas. I say Kudos to Ford, and I give them credit where its due. Cars like this that are smartly engineered and can be bought today are why Ford will be around 10 years from now. Still births like the Volt cannot compete.

Instead of just going off some knee jerk reaction , 'its a ford', why dont you step back and see how important this car can be to them, and for keeping Americans employed.
my sentiments exactly .....
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:45 PM   #10
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Awesome. I know the Fusion hybrid is on my Father-in-law's shopping list.
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:48 PM   #11
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Way to give the Prius, Insight, et al a run for their money. GM, Chrysler, take note.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:20 PM   #12
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I really, really hope Ford hits the jackpot with the Fusion Hybrid. It would be wonderful to see a successful hybrid that doesn't have to look silly just to get customers. This car is much bigger & more spacious than the Prius, so maybe it'll resonate with customers who don't want to sacrifice comfort & utility while still doing their part to cut fuel consumption.
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good job ford...now they need to offer the fusion sport with the twinturbo six with a sixspeed and i am sold on buying a new fusion
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:01 PM   #14
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Nice job. I would consider one of these for my wife if it got anywhere near half that mileage.
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It will be interesting to see what this translates into with out the hypermiling.
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Guys, give it a rest. Ford is doing one thing that most other US companies are not. Standing on their own two feet. Building a better product and securing market segment without asking John Q Taxpayer for money.

Sure its a ford that can go 1000 miles on a tank of gas. I say Kudos to Ford, and I give them credit where its due. Cars like this that are smartly engineered and can be bought today are why Ford will be around 10 years from now. Still births like the Volt cannot compete.

Instead of just going off some knee jerk reaction , 'its a ford', why dont you step back and see how important this car can be to them, and for keeping Americans employed.
I understand what you are saying, I buy Subaru for a reason.
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Guys, give it a rest. Ford is doing one thing that most other US companies are not. Standing on their own two feet. Building a better product and securing market segment without asking John Q Taxpayer for money.

Sure its a ford that can go 1000 miles on a tank of gas. I say Kudos to Ford, and I give them credit where its due. Cars like this that are smartly engineered and can be bought today are why Ford will be around 10 years from now. Still births like the Volt cannot compete.

Instead of just going off some knee jerk reaction , 'its a ford', why dont you step back and see how important this car can be to them, and for keeping Americans employed.
Exactly. At least they are doing something instead of posturing and praying on "someday" miracles (*cough Volt cough*) and Joe Taxpayer's money to pull them through.

Plus, they've finally gotten their head out of their butt and are going to start using Euro models. Granted, they should have done this years ago, but at least they are trying. I have much more respect for Ford right now than I do for the other members of the Big 2.25.
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I understand what you are saying, I buy Subaru for a reason.
What is that reason?

Both the rear axle nuts on my Subaru came loose in the first 25K miles. Is that the reason I buy a Subaru? Nothing like that ever happened on any of the domestic cars I've owned...

Methinks it's about time to quit suckling the Japanese imports just because they're Japanese. The domestics had issues years ago but do quite well now. And as the world turns round and round, now it's the Japanese' turn playing the 'oops, we got complacent and let quality slip' game.
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What is that reason?

Both the rear axle nuts on my Subaru came loose in the first 25K miles. Is that the reason I buy a Subaru? Nothing like that ever happened on any of the domestic cars I've owned...

Methinks it's about time to quit suckling the Japanese imports just because they're Japanese. The domestics had issues years ago but do quite well now. And as the world turns round and round, now it's the Japanese' turn playing the 'oops, we got complacent and let quality slip' game.
For what it's worth, I thought the Fusion V6 I rented once was a more comfortable and better-assembled car than my Legacy. It was a rental with 30,000 miles on it and there were no loose/scuffed trim pieces, rattles or vibrations and I put 3,200 miles on that car. My Legacy has been babied from day one and it hasn't faired quite as well.
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Uh, but the Fusion is assembled in Mexico...
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good looking car actually (from certain angles of course)
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A coworker of mine just got a Fusion hybrid, and I have to say it is a really nice car.
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good ole wayne gerdes. loved and hated by many.
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Ford is really puttin out some nice cars with some nice engines. I don't even question their reliability anymore. They have really improved the quality of their vehicles which was lacking for so long.
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