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Ford Fusion

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There were two distinctly different vehicles produced by Ford with the Fusion name.

A sedan for the North American market beginning with the 2006 model year. The Fusion replaced the Taurus in stock car racing competition.

The other was a mini MPV produced for the European market for 2003-2012. The Fusion sedan in the European market was known as the Mondeo.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Fusion (Americas) page on 28 October 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford Fusion is a four-door, five passenger mid-size sedan manufactured and marketed by Ford across three generations in gasoline, gas/electric hybrid, and gas/plug-in electric hybrid variants. Introduced for model year 2006, the Fusion is manufactured at Ford's Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly plant in Sonora, Mexico along with its rebadged variant the Lincoln MKZ — and formerly with its now discontinued rebadged variant, the Mercury Milan, all sharing the CD3 platform.

Production on the first Fusions began on August 1, 2005. The Fusion replaced the Mondeo for the Latin American markets—except in Argentina (where the current European Mondeo is available) and in the United States and Canada (where it superseded the then mid-size Taurus and the compact Contour). The Fusion is positioned between the compact Ford Focus and full-size Ford Taurus. In the Middle East, this model is sold alongside the Mondeo. Versions sold there are available only with the 2.5-liter engine. Unlike in the United States, Canada and Latin America, no V6 engine is available in that region. The same is true in South Korea, where only the 2.5-liter engines (including those for the hybrid model) are available as of the 2012 model year.

The third generation line-up includes a gasoline engine option, an EcoBoost engine option, a next-generation hybrid model, and a plug-in hybrid version, the Ford Fusion Energi, making the Ford Fusion the first production sedan to offer these four options. Sales of the gasoline-powered and hybrid versions began in the U.S. in October 2012 under the 2013 model. Sales in Europe and Asia, as Ford Mondeo, are expected to begin in 2015, along with South Africa, where the Fusion name will be used. Deliveries of the Fusion Energi began in the U.S. in February 2013. The entire 2013 Ford Fusion line-up was awarded with the 2013 Green Car of the Year at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Fusion (Europe) page on 28 October 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The European Ford Fusion is a high roof B-segment Mini MPV based on the Ford Fiesta supermini, manufactured and marketed by Ford Europe from 2002 to 2012. It was launched in August 2002.

Ford also used the name “Fusion” before the launch of the European Ford Focus, in communications with contractors working on elements of that model's launch publicity. Ford did not reveal whether the late change to “Focus” had been the result of a genuine change in its plans, or simply a desire to conceal the real name from the press until the company was ready for the launch.

In November 2005, a revised version of the Fusion went on sale. A number of cosmetic changes were introduced: both front and rear lights featured new detailing; and bumpers, side mouldings and door mirrors were also altered. Furthermore, a bright new colour palette was introduced. Inside, the dashboard featured both a new design, and high quality 'soft touch' materials.

A new analogue instrument display features in a style similar to the Mk 2 Ford Focus.

Advanced new technology was also made available, including power folding mirrors, automatic and 'home safe' headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, Bluetooth with voice control, Trip computer, MP3 player connectivity and the Electronic Stability Program. In the United Kingdom, the car was available in Style+, Zetec and Titanium trim levels. (1, 2, 3 and '+' were the trim levels for the original Fusion).

Equipment on the entry level 1 included central locking, and dual front airbags. The 2 featured electric heated mirrors, electric front windows, a CD player and air conditioning. The 3 added alloy wheels, front fog lights and an alarm. The + model added larger alloys and privacy glass. This + model was introduced in May 2002.

A no frills Crossover SUV version of the Fusion called the Ford EcoSport is produced in Brazil and sold in many Latin American countries. In December 2002, on Top Gear, it won the Most Pointless Car for being, as Richard Hammond described it, “a Ford Fiesta, in a hat.”


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Ford Fusion A Ford hybrid sports its latest accolades
2013 Washington Auto Show
Voice of America Photo by Phil Alexiou
Auto Show Dazzles With Technology
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2013 Chicago Auto Show
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2013 Chicago Auto Show Attendees are Treated to More Than 40 Eco-Friendly Choices
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2013 Ford Fusion Energi 2013 Energi
2013 Chicago Auto Show
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2013 Chicago Auto Show Attendees are Treated to More Than 40 Eco-Friendly Choices
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
31 July 20092010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Road Test - A Misperception that US Automakers are BehindGary Witzenburg
27 December 2009Ford Fusion HybridEzra Drissman
23 March 20102010 Ford Fusion - Heading the ChargeMac Demere
28 May 2010Consumer Advisory: Owners of MY 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan Warned of Possible Stuck Accelerator PedalsNHTSA
19 August 2010What Makes the Ford Fusion Hybrid So Good?Levi Quinn
13 January 2011Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Ford Motor CompanyJoseph S. Carra
19 October 2012Car Dealer Explains Why The Ford Fusion Was Voted One Of The Most Reliable Used CarsOlivia Jane Silvester
12 December 20132014 Ford Mondeo Spy Shot - A Car With Secrets? Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
3 March 2014Ford Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
30 April 2015NHTSA advises owners of certain Ford Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles to take safety precautionsNHTSA
17 July 2015Ford Motor Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey Giuseppe)
7 April 2016Auto Truck Group Awarded Ford Fusion Ship-Through StatusAuto Truck Group
19 May 2016Uber Begins Testing of Self-Driving Cars VOA News
12 July 2016Keystone Ford Announces Top Safety Pick Award for Ford FusionKeystone Ford


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
16 June 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 103: Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems
2006 Ford Fusion, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.8MB - 34 pages
16 June 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 104: Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems
2006 Ford Fusion, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.3MB - 31 pages
21 July 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214S: Side Impact Protection (Static)
2006 Ford Fusion, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.2MB - 48 pages
28 July 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 111: Rearview Mirrors
2006 Ford Fusion, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.8MB - 52 pages
6 December 2006Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2006 Ford Fusion Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 20.2MB - 362 pages
12 December 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2006 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.4MB - 155 pages
December 2008Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Air Bag Investigation
2007 Ford Fusion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 966KB - 17 pages
3 June 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.0MB - 170 pages
29 June 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 301: Fuel System Integrity - Rear Impact
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.5MB - 38 pages
29 June 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 305: Electric Powered Vehicles: Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.1MB - 55 pages
February 2010On-Site Rollover Investigation
2010 Ford Fusion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,026KB - 32 pages
event July 2017Special Crash Investigations
On-Site Guardrail End Treatment Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2010 Ford Fusion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 14.3MB - 56 pages


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