2013 Ford Fusion

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With a slew of hybrid vehicles beginning to flood the market, the message from all of them seems to be the same: THIS is a car that will deliver the best fuel efficiency.

But Ford is trying to add another layer of credibility to its efficiency claim. The Detroit automaker says its new Ford Fusion is “certified” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Sedan.

The company claims the Ford Fusion Hybrid beats Toyota’s Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg highway, 4 mpg city. It is a proud, yet bold, claim for the American manufacturer, considering Toyota has often been touted by car enthusiasts as being the leader in hybrid technology.

The Ford Fusion will boast an EPA-certified 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined fuel economy rating for its hybrid model.

“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” says Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”

Ford says its Fusion brings the widest range of powertrain options to the U.S. midsize segment.

Fusion offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants and two fuel-efficient EcoBoost® four-cylinder engines for customers.

In addition, the vehicle is available with Ford’s patented Auto Start-Stop system, which automatically shuts off the engine at stationary idle to help save customers more fuel in stop-and-go city driving.

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