Ford Fusion Hybrid History
The Ford Fusion Hybrid was first introduced to the market in 2009 as the first big surge towards more eco-friendly cars began, thanks to the government’s Cash for Clunkers program. Since its introduction, the Fusion Hybrid has quickly become one of the most popular hybrid options on the market, making it a sensible choice for eco-friendly families.
Though the hybrid version of the Fusion was announced at the 2005 North American International Auto Show alongside the introduction of the 2006 Fusion, it wasn’t officially debuted until November 2008 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It began production at Ford’s Hermosillo assembly plant in Sonora, Mexico, in 2008 and has been produced there ever since.
The Fusion Hybrid was only the second hybrid vehicle Ford introduced to the public after the Ford Escape Hybrid.
With a redesign for the entire Ford Fusion lineup in 2013, the second generation of the Fusion Hybrid came to light, along with a new, smaller 2.0-liter engine. The lithium-ion battery back is also smaller than ever before, saving weight and improving fuel efficiency.
Ford Fusion Fun Facts
- The Fusion Hybrid almost doubles the fuel efficiency of the non-hybrid Fusion with an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 47 mpg city. The non-hybrid Fusion is rated at 25 mpg city.
- All Fusions come with MyKey technology, which enables parents to limit the driving parameters for teenage drivers.
- Instead of petroleum-based foam, Ford instead uses soy-based foam for its seats. The Hybrid also features seat coverings made from recycled plastic bottles and recycled plastic automotive battery casings to form its wheel well linings.