The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi puts an end to range anxiety

Interested in making the switch to a plug-in hybrid, but worried about potential range limitations? We’ve already covered a few reasons why car owners are getting charged up over Ford’s hybrid and electric vehicles – now let’s talk about why the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is a great option for those who need to go further distances than currently possible with an all-electric vehicle. In short, the Fusion Energi solves one of the challenges typically associated with electrified vehicles: range anxiety.

Ford’s new 2017 Fusion Energi is designed to alleviate feelings of range anxiety by going further in every sense of the word. In a recent survey, we asked drivers how far they think the Fusion Energi can go on one tank and a full charge. They guessed 420 km.* In reality, the Fusion Energi blew right by their expectations with an estimated combined gas-plus-electric range of 982 km. Feeling a little less anxious yet?

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The 2017 Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid; that means it uses both an electric battery and a gas-powered engine. In normal use, you can drive the Fusion Energi in all-electric mode until the battery is depleted, at which point the gas-powered engine takes over to get you to your destination provided you’ve got gas in the tank of course. And given that 83% of Canadians say that fuel economy is important to them***, it’s clear that the Fusion Energi is ideal for maximizing distance travelled between fill-ups.

With changes to the hybrid powertrain software and regenerative braking, the Fusion Energi features an estimated total range of 982 km**. Fusion Energi’s all-electric range is 35 km, while the gas engine adds another 947 km of range (based on Government of Canada approved test methods.)

According to Kevin Layden, Ford’s director of electrified powertrain engineering, Fusion Energi gives drivers both the freedom to go gas-free for shorter trips and the fuel efficiency of a gas engine and regenerative braking for longer trips, all at an affordable price. With provincial incentives also available in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, there’s never been a better time to get into a new Fusion Energi.

Here’s to having your cake, and eating it too.

New Ford Fusion offers stop-and-go tech to relieve stressful travel

Commuters, rejoice! Ford is introducing a new driver-assist technology that will make your morning drive a lot less stressful. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology – designed to take the edge off driving in heavy traffic – is available in the 2017 Ford Fusion.

The semi-autonomous technology makes use of a sophisticated radar-and-camera based system to accelerate and break for the driver – all while maintaining a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead, bringing the car to a complete stop when traffic freezes.

Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go is just one of 20 driver-assist options for the new 2017 Ford Fusion available this spring.

TAKE POTHOLES HEAD-ON WITH NEW FORD SHOCK ABSORBER SYSTEM

You know that feeling of driving down a pothole-riddled road? The jarring jumps that hit you as you hit bump after bump after bump? Potholes don’t just hurt our cars. They can hurt us too, as the constant jarring can take a toll on our necks and back.

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That’s why Ford engineers have created a new advanced computer-controlled shock absorber system for the all-new 2017 Fusion V6 Sport. This technology detects potholes and “catches” the car’s wheel before it has a chance to drop into the gap*.

Have you checked out Ford’s new shock absorber system in action? Those ping-pong balls aren’t the only things to avoid getting crushed. Your wallet will avoid a crushing too.

*Ford blog: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2016/02/18/all-new-ford-fusion-v6-sport-helps-protect-against-potholes.html

The Fabric of Ford: The Science Behind That “New Car Smell” (and Look and Feel)

You may not know it, but there’s a science to that beloved “new car smell.” In fact, our engineers are pretty selective about everything we put into our vehicles, making sure your Ford not only looks perfect, but can also withstand day-to-day wear and tear while maintaining those good looks. So we put our materials to the test—well, many tests!—from scratching to sniffing to stretching, all to make sure your ride doesn’t lose its “new car” feel or, more importantly, its resale value over time. Let us show you what we mean:

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Fact: We’ve got a team of examiners who individually smell samples of the different materials we use inside our vehicles, and then rank them to help Ford’s engineers land on scents that delight rather than disgust.

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See those spikey iron balls? We literally put our fabrics through the wringer 600 times while they’re struck, snagged, poked and prodded to ensure they’ve got the strength to withstand scratches from keys, pets, luggage and more!

Snag_02_denimThose new blue jeans look great on you, but…not on your car seats. And that’s why our fabrics endure a dye transfer test, where we rub different coloured materials against the vehicle’s seats to make sure we’re producing a product that’s stain resistant.

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We’ve all done it—accidentally spilled coffee or pop in the car and grumbled and groaned while cleaning up the mess. But lucky for you, we make it so you can clean up the mess…any mess, without leaving evidence of that accident behind. We go in and stain our vehicles with everyday substances to evaluate how well they can be cleaned up afterward, testing their overall stain resistance. Coffee crisis averted.