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News   December 29, 2008   by Auto Service World

New Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan Hybrids Presents Better Fuel Economy

Last week Ford unveiled next year’s Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids each with better fuel economies. These two hybrids were certified by the EPA at 41 mpg for city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. Ford made the announcement after finishing testing at its lab in Allen Park, Michigan.

According the Ford, the new hybrids can travel up to 700 miles on a single tank of gasoline and can go as fast as 47 mph in pure electric mode. When compared to other hybrids on the market, Ford’s new models beat the Toyota Camry hybrid by eight mpg in the city and two on the highway. It is also better than the Honda Civic hybrid by one mile for city driving.

The car has a smaller, lighter nickel-metal-hydride battery, which sustains 20 percent more power than Ford’s previous setup. The engine is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder unit that makes about 155 horsepower and 136 lb.-ft. of torque. It also recovers considerable energy through regenerative braking.

Prices are expected to be about $3,200 more for a Fusion or Milan hybrid when compared with the conventional models.