The Ford Fusion was introduced to the U.S in 2006, and it was a really big deal for Ford lovers who longed for an exciting and practical midsize family sedan. The Fusion was a success right off the bat and Car and Driver magazine ranked it as one of the top-selling mid-size cars, and also went on to say it was "Not your father's Taurus." Motor Trend magazine named it the Car of the Year in 2010.
Its attractive styling, roomy and well-equipped interior, excellent quality and workmanship, affordable pricing and fun driving experience makes it an all-around perfect family car. This is exactly what Henry Ford wanted for his customers when he formed the Ford Motor Company over a century ago: high quality workmanship at an affordable price.
The First Generation of the Ford Fusion was between 2005 and 2012. The available trim levels were that of the S, SE, and SEL. It was based on the CD3 platform that was used to design Ford's gas, hybrids, and front-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles. The welded steel body had a double wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar and an independent multi-link twist blade rear suspension with a stabilizer bar.
This "New Face of Ford" car was the first production sedan to feature Ford's new three-bar grille. The base engine offered 160 hp, 2.3L Duratec I-4 with either a 5-speed automatic or manual transmission. The SE and SEL models offered 221 hp, 3.0L Duratec V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
In 2007, V6 models offered an available all-wheel drive. The SE and SEL models introduced a standard fold-flat passenger side front seat and Sirius Satellite Radio was offered as an option. Also standard were the front-seat airbags and side curtains, along with a DVD-based navigation system. In 2008, the DVD navigation was replaced by a voice activated system that was, for the first time, available with a manual transmission. ABS became standard in this year and new optional Rear Parking Assist along with Ford's SYNC multimedia and communication system became available.
In 2010, the Fusion received a noticeable facelift on both the interior and exterior. It now sported a new front and rear fascia design and powertrain revisions. Trim levels now included the S, SE, SEL, Sport, and in this year, the Fusion Hybrid was introduced. The 2010 Fusion Hybrid was standard with the 2.0L I-4 Atkinson-cycle powertrain, coupled with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) and a high-voltage electric motor. The 2010 hybrid model won the North American Car of the Year Award.
The Second Generation began in 2013 to present. The redesigned second generation Ford Fusion is now based on the Ford CD4 platform, Ford's global mid-size car platform that is a part of the "One Ford Strategy" development that began with the Fusion. The Second Generation line-up includes the following models: S, SE and Titanium trim level (which replaced the SEL).
Also as of 2013, the next generation Fusion Hybrid was carried over while the Fusion Energi Hybrid Plug-in was introduced in 2013 and both hybrids are offered in all three trims. During the Los Angeles Auto Show, the entire 2013 Ford Fusion line-up was awarded with the 2013 Green Car of the Year, along with Fusion's hybrid and plug-in models.
The "S" base model offers a 2.5L Duratec I-4 engine with either manual or automatic transmission, A/M-F/M color screen stereo with CD/MP3 player, Sirius Satellite Radio, SYNC, keyless entry, and so much more. The SE model offers the same, plus it comes with a power front driver's seat, six speakers instead of four and 17" alloy wheels.
The Titanium model offers leather seat surfaces and dual powered, heated front seats, The MyFord Touch System with A/M-F/M radio and a CD/MP3 player, an SD card slot, USB, A/V, and auxiliary input jacks, push-button start, keyless entry and a Sony 390-watt premium surround sound system and 18" alloy wheels. The hybrids are available in all three trims and amenities.
The year 2013 brought about numerous perks, amenities, and technological advances such as Driver Assistance featuring radar, camera and sensors; safety features such as the Lane Keeping System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and Active Park Assist with a backup camera and Blind Spot Information system. Also added were inflatable safety belts, Auto Start-Stop, electric power-assisted steering and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.
The all new 2017 line-up of the Ford Fusion is slated to be a "game changer" according to Ford Motor Company, and with only one look, it's easy to see that they are beyond any family sedan imaginable. And for those wanting a family car that offers a little more hp and sportiness with all the bells and whistles, the new Sport model guarantees not to disappoint.
For Racing Fans, here is some information regarding the NASCAR circuit: Beginning in 2006, the Fusion became the new body style for Ford automobiles, replacing the Taurus. This was the first time since the Ford Torino in 1968 that Ford introduced a new model that actually raced in a NASCAR event at the time of its debut.
This was during the Daytona 500 and the Fusion went on to win at the California Speedway a week later when Matt Kenseth crossed the finish line in it in 2006. Kenseth won again at the 2009 Daytona 500 in his #17 Fusion in a rain-delay, and in 2012, he won his second Daytona 500. Yet another Daytona 500 win occurred in February 20, 2011 when the Fusion crossed the finish line driven 20-year-old Trevor Bayne at that time.
The following are all Fusion drivers with NASCAR: Aric Almirola, Bobby Labonte, Brad Keselowski, Landon Cassill, Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney, Greg Biffle, Cole Whitt, Joey Logano, Brian Scott, Ricky Stenthouse, Jr., Jeffery Earnhardt, Travis Kvapil, and Trevor Bayne. Ricky Stenthouse, Jr. drove the Generation 6 version of the Ford Fusion in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway.
On another plane: Retired Ford engineer, Rick Byrnes, drove the Ford Fusion on the Bonneville Salt Flats fueled only by hydrogen on August 15, 2007. It was designed by a team of Ford engineers and technicians led by Matt Zuehlk. It set the speed record as the fastest production based fuel-cell ground vehicle at 207.297 miles per hour. Matt Zuehlk was quoted as saying: ""What we've accomplished is nothing short of an industry first. No other automaker in the world has come close."
If you are looking for a family car that leaves you wanting for nothing-the Ford Fusion is the one. The Ford Fusion has something to offer to everyone from an affordable base model to an affordable luxurious top of the line model, along with affordable hybrid and hybrid plug-in options. What's not to love?
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