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January 17, 2012

The New Ford Fusion - Like Having Your Own Personal Chauffer

Fsn13_highlight_lg_designI have now had the opportunity to view the new Ford Fusion twice-once in Dearborn and once in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and WOW!!!-it almost drives itself. Not only is the styling sweet but so are all of the appointments for driver and passenger convenience and comfort and efficiency.


Here is a sampling of the technologies as listed on the site and how they can assist us be better drivers.

Fsn13_highlight_lg_lanekeepingLane Keeping System: This class-exclusive technology consists of three elements to help a driver maintain proper lane position. Using a small, forward-facing camera behind the inside rearview mirror, the system “looks” down the road, monitoring lane lines to determine that the car is on course.

  • The system will alert a driver if drowsiness or erratic lane-keeping is detected.
  • The second element warns a driver with a steering wheel vibration if the Fusion drifts too close to lane markings.
  • Finally, lane keeping aid will actually apply pressure on the steering to help bring the car back into proper lane position

Adaptive cruise control: Using forward-looking radar, this system “looks” down the road when activated, slowing the Fusion when slower traffic is detected ahead. Adaptive cruise control enables collision warning with brake support to help slow the car if the potential of a crash is detected

Fsn13_highlight_lg_activeparkassistActive park assist: Employing sensors, this technology can identify a suitable parallel parking space, calculate the trajectory and steer the car to properly position it within the spot. All a driver need do is operate accelerator and brake pedals

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert: Sensors in both Fusion rear quarter-panels are able to detect traffic in a driver’s blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic – unseen by the driver – is detected. BLIS technology enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views, such as between two large vans


Fsn13_highlight_lg_enginechoicesFord has also made a commitment to be leader or among the leaders in fuel efficiency and they certainly have make it easy for consumers by providing us the person al choices as listed below for Ford Fusion.

- hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives 
- a pair of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines  
- a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine
- an automatic start stop system to shut off the engine at stationary idle
- and a choice between automatic and manually shifted six-speed transmissions

It is worthy to note that the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid arriving this Fall, is anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe, a mile per gallon equivalency metric for electrified vehicles. This is 8 MPGe more than the Chevrolet Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model.

The new 2013 Ford Fusion is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, each with expected top fuel economy. See the new Ford Fusion in person at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. OR For more on the new Fusion, check out, a special mobile site featuring plenty of unique content including articles, videos and graphics that are easily shareable directly from your smartphone, tablet or computer browser to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or blogs. Or visit

BEST IN SHOW AWARD AT NAIAS-Just days after being revealed to the world, the new Ford Fusion is already bringing home awards. The Autoweek editorial staff has chosen Fusion for its Best in Show award at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).


Patricia Roberts

Patricia Roberts is the Director-Business Development for AskPatty.Com. She has +39 years of experience in the Automotive Industry which includes increasing the number of women who own and who work in dealerships.


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