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Old 01-09-2012, 02:46 AM
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Default 2013 Ford Fusion/Mondeo

At this point there may as well be a thread here.

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Fusion Energi (plug-in)

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Old 01-09-2012, 03:04 AM
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While its a massive step over the fusion it doenst really do much for me over the current mondeo
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:15 AM
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Gorgeous! That roofline is downright exotic. Interior is not the digital wonderland I thought it would be.
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:40 AM
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I think it looks excellent.

The front end works very well; just the right side of menacing, with none of the carp-y look I was worried it might have. The lower air dam is reminiscent of the Focus' but with none of the awkwardness.

The sides are also well-done; the pinched bone line on the side seems to be a theme now, starting with the Vertrek and the new Escape. I wasn't sure about it at first but now I like it quite a bit; combined with the way it droops elegantly towards the rear, Audi-style, it looks quite upscale. In fact, the whole car looks very "premium", much more so than any other Ford I can think of.

The rear end is probably the least radical part but is also well-done - essentially a more sculpted version of the current Mondeo.

The interior isn't what I was expecting, but it's undoubtedly well-finished and I like the driver-oriented, almost Volvo-esque dash design. It's definitely more conservative than the Focus's interior, which I imagine is meant to imbue the cabin with a classier feel.

My only reservations: the area around the base of the A-pillar is a bit messy, with the window stop and the door shut line sitting uncomfortably together. Also, the ridges running out of the peaks of the taillamps make the rear fender area look rather tall and flat when viewed from the front 3/4.

I also definitely prefer the European headlamps with the LED accents to the Fusion's - hopefully we'll get to see them on the Fusion in some form.
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Nice and futuristic; almost hopeful and very sleek.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:01 AM
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Ok Toyota and Honda, you may as well give up - this is just too WINNING!!!!!!!!!! :O Beautiful both inside and out and has big tech and efficiency to boot! The MKZ is looking VERY promising...
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:17 AM
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This is great. This looks like a class above where the current Fusion sits (at least), and certainly better than anything else in this segment. It makes the new Malibu look dated already, and the Camry look downright odd.

The biggest surprise is the new Fusion Hybrid and Energi; their fuel economy is better than ANY other midsize hybrid, and comes very close to the fuel economy of dedicated hybrids like the Prius. According to Autoblog the regular hybrid can go up to 62 mph before the engine kicks in, which is sort of insane. The Energi has better MPGe than the Volt! That's actually sort of shocking.
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The biggest surprise is the new Fusion Hybrid and Energi; their fuel economy is better than ANY other midsize hybrid, and comes very close to the fuel economy of dedicated hybrids like the Prius. According to Autoblog the regular hybrid can go up to 62 mph before the engine kicks in, which is sort of insane. The Energi has better MPGe than the Volt! That's actually sort of shocking.
Yeah, that's incredible.

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/09/2...ybrid-100-mpg/

Perusing the press release it would appear that this is getting a regular automatic, not the PowerShift; although I think Ford has the kinks in that ironed out by now, there's still inherent issues with smoothness at low speeds that are causing complaints, so I'm glad the Fusion's just getting a conventional auto. It also makes me wonder if Ford's abandoning the PowerShift - the new Escape isn't getting it either and with their new eight-speed auto on the way, there doesn't seem to be any point to keep the dual-clutch around. We'll see, I guess.

I just hope Ford is committed to keeping the Fusion's stellar reliability record intact with the new car; even without the PowerShift it could still be troublesome with all the new electronic gizmos and, of course, the looming specter of MyFordTouch.

Also, just saw this Autocar article:

http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsAr...llCars/260771/

...in which it says the Fusion/Mondeo was engineered primarily in the US - which is in line with some earlier reports, but still, interesting. I think that may explain the interior, which to me has more than a few overtones of the new Explorer (not that that's a bad thing).

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I personally don't like Fords styling language, but this is probably the best example of it yet. That said, the side profile has a lot of new Audi A6 in it and the grill is pure Aston Martin, while the rear reminds me of the Kia Optima (itself an Jag XF copy). Over all, it works.

As for the lack of PowerShift, i think DCT gearboxes probably work better in smaller cars and in Europe,
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At this point there may as well be a thread here.
looks somewhat like a lambo
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