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In an unceremonious fashion, Ford has lowered the price of the Fusion Energi by $4000. There was no announcement, no press releases, nothing. Simply a lower place on their website.
Now the Ford Fusion Energi is priced less than the Ford Focus Electric by almost $200, and is only $1800 more than the C-max Energi.
Ford says they sold more plug-in vehicles in the last quarter of 2013 than Tesla or Toyota, and they are hoping the lower price on the Fusion Energi will further boost sales.
Ford’s new Fusion and Fusion Hybrid vehicles managed to both receive the highest highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Safety Administration. The last generation of the Ford Fusion only received 3 stars in the frontal crash and 4 stars in the side crash, and now with the newly redesigned 2013 Fusion, both of those tests were 5 stars.
Most of the improvements in safety can be attributed to Ford’s Personal Safety System that uses smart sensors to collect crash data and tailor the car’s restraint systems for the occupants based on the type and severity of the crash. The seatbelt usage and seat position are all taken into account to make sure the airbags deploy with less pressure for small drivers, more pressure for large drivers, and in the correct location depending on where the person is sitting.
The 2013 Ford Fusion also received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top safety pick designation. I think it’s safe to assume the Fusion Energi will also receive those ratings… the only real difference being a larger battery pack.
The redesigned 2013 Fusion Energi also comes with other technologies that Ford is calling driver assist technologies. These features include lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, hill start assist and electronic parking brake. Active Park Assist makes parallel parking virtually stress-free. With the press of a button, the system detects an available parallel parking space and automatically steers the vehicle into the space. Drivers control only the gas and brake pedals and transmission gear position.