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New Ford Mondeo Almost Here – Why You Should Care

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Some people, especially Brits, have a slightly skewed view of the Ford Mondeo, particularly because of the quasi-uninspiring first-generation incarnation, the one that replaced the rear-wheel drive Sierra.

Not so New Ford Mondeo to Feature LED Lights in Europe, Priced from €27,150 in Germany

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When the all-new Mondeo (hopefully) arrives in Europe later this year, it will be the first Ford vehicle in Europe to feature full LED headlamps, which allowed designers to give it a sleeker look.

Ford Fusion / Mondeo Given ST Twist via Conceptual Rendering

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Ever since Ford decided the put a three-liter V6 under the bonnet of the third-gen Mondeo, back in the early 2000s, the idea clicked in many people’s heads that there’s certainly a lot of performance appeal to the formula.

CNET Rates Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

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While the scandal regarding Ford’s phony efficiency ratings for several of its cars may have affected the model’s on-paper characteristics, on the road, cars like the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid do make a case for themselves, particularly for those who have a short commute to work or some other daily trip.

Ford Lowers Fuel Economy Rating for Six Models After EPA Found Discrepancies

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Ford has confirmed the lowering of efficiency ratings for six of its models, after the EPA retested the vehicles and discovered a significant discrepancy between what the manufacturer had declared and what the cars were actually capable of achieving in the real world.

Ford's Lightweight Fusion Prototype Weighs as Much as a Fiesta [w/Video]

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Ford is demonstrating its ability to build lightweight vehicles with a 2013 Fusion prototype that is 700 lbs (317.5 kg) lighter than the production car thanks to the use of high-strength steel and aluminum alloys. To achieve this result, Ford has used materials and technologies similar to those on the all-new F-150 pickup truck.

Next Ford Taurus Planned to be Lighter, More Efficient, Based on Fusion

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If you look at the current Ford Taurus, it seems a bit bulky and disproportionate from some angles (especially from the back), and nowhere near as modern as its smaller brother, the sleek Fusion.

Ford UK Boss Confirms New Mondeo's European Debut by Year’s End

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Revealed some two years ago, the new Ford Mondeo (badged as the Fusion in North America) is a car that should have been on sale in Europe by now, built where it was supposed to, in Genk, Belgium.

Ford Expects to Be the Best-Selling Brand in the U.S. in 2013 for the 4th Straight Year

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Ford expects sales of more than 2.4 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2013, making it the best-selling brand in the country for the fourth consecutive year. Furthermore, the Ford brand is expected to widen its lead over Toyota.

Those Aren't Horns, This is an Autonomous Ford Fusion Research Vehicle [w/Video]

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This strange-looking Ford Fusion is a research vehicle used for the development of future self-driving cars. Made in collaboration with the University of Michigan and State Farm, the vehicle benefits from more than a decade of Ford automated driving research.

This Ford Fusion Energi Features Interior Fabrics Made of...Coke Bottles [w/Videos]

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Ford has unveiled a Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid research vehicle that uses fabric made using Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle Technology for seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints, door panel inserts and headliners. The car will be on display starting next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Ford Releases Complete Set of Photos of New Mondeo Vignale Concept

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Our prior post on the Ford Mondeo (Fusion) Vignale Concept details the Blue Oval’s attempt to posh up the yet-unreleased European sedan some two years before it’s set to finally go on sale.

I don’t have a problem with that, and in fact I think the Mondeo genuinely deserves this Vignale trim idea, as it’s always been a really good car, that was always let down by its non-premium badge and never-best-in-class interior. If only they didn't go to all the trouble of calling something Italian to make it sound desirable and design housey.

Ford Begins Production of the Fusion for the First Time in the U.S.

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The Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan used to make the Ford Mustang (from 2005 onward) and the previous-generation Mazda6. However, now that the Japanese sedan went out of production on U.S. soil last year, there was room for one more model at the factory.

Ford Makes 2014 Fusion a Bit Safer with Inflatable Rear Seat Belts

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Ford introduced rear-inflatable seat belts in the 2011 Explorer SUV, which they claim, “are designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries." Now, they’re also available in the Flex, Explorer, Taurus, as well as the Lincoln MKT and MKZ.

The Blue Oval has also announced their inclusion into the 2014 Fusion’s list of safety features, as well, hoping to boost its sales further, as they have already risen 17.8 percent in the first half of 2013, compared to 2012.

Ford Issues 3 Separate Recall Actions, the Biggest of Which Concerns 465,000 Cars

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The Blue Oval has been hit with three different recalls over problems with engine block heaters, missing steering gear parts and a fire risk caused by fuel delivery modules, The Detroit News reported.

The biggest recall action is for fuel tanks that may leak. It covers more than 465,000 vehicles worldwide, 390,000 of which in the United States and about 23,000 in Canada, including the 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion and Police Interceptor crossovers and sedans, and Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ models.

Ford Hybrid Sales in the First Five Months of 2013 Beat 2010 Full-Year Record

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Ford announced it has surpassed its previous full-year hybrid sales record set in 2010 of 35,496 vehicles in the first five months of 2013. Through May, Ford is projected to sell around 37,000 hybrid vehicles, accounting for an increase of around 375 percent over the same period last year.

Ford Sued Again for its Hybrids’ Economy Figures

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Ford has been selling its Fusion and C-Max hybrids in the US quite soundly, despite the fact that their image suffered a mild blow after being hit with lawsuits regarding their efficiency claims, three of which were quite major.

Now, Marianne Cibeu from Massachusetts adds to that number, with a new suit asking for $5-million in damages for herself and the rest of the Ford hybrid buyers in the state.

Ford to Beat Own Yearly Hybrid Sales Record this Month, Fusion Hybrid Outsells Camry

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Despite accusations for not being honest about how efficient their hybrids really are, Ford is announcing excellent sales numbers for the first part of the year, and they expect to surpass their 2010 hybrid sales record, when they managed to shift 35,496 units, far sooner than the end of 2013. In fact, Bloomberg is reporting that it will be surpassed by the end of this month.

They say that the Blue Oval has already managed to move 29,561 hybrids through April, when 8,481 were sold, and once the results for May come in, it should be enough to beat the record.

Ford Confirms 1.5L EcoBoost for 2014 Fusion and Mondeo, but it's a 4- and Not a 3-Cylinder Unit

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Ford just announced that it will launch a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine which will power the 2014 Fusion in the U.S., among other models. Contrary to a report earlier this week from the website Fordinsidenews, the engine will not be a 3-cylinder, but a more conventional inline-four unit.

2014 Ford Fusion Allegedly Gets New 1.5-liter Three-Cylinder Turbo in North America

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The team over at FordInsideNews claims to have laid its hands on the Blue Oval's 2014 Order Form. In the order guide, it is stated that the 2014 model year Fusion will gain a sixth engine for the North American market in the guise of Ford's brand-new 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol unit, which reportedly premiered on the sedan's Chinese-market sibling, the Mondeo, just last week.

No output numbers were mentioned for the North American model, but in China, Ford said this engine is projected to produce 177hp (132 kW) at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 177 lb-ft (240Nm) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm.