Ford announced yesterday that those purchasing a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid can take advantage of a $3,400 tax credit from the federal government. This is yet more good news for Ford Motor Company, the most promising of the Big Three and the only one not to have taken government assistance just yet.
The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid has dominated hybrid car news lately, and took top honors in a four-way comparison test featured in the February issue of Car and Driver magazine. It and its twin, the 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid, qualify as the highest mileage mid-size sedans sold in America with ratings of 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway.
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In a nice little jab to Toyota, whose Open Road blogger Jon F. Thompson jabbed first with his sour grapes take on the Fusion's Camry Hybrid-beating mileage, the Ford press release simply states that their mid-size hybrids top "the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway, help[ing them] garner the significant credit amount." The level of federal tax credit award is in proportion to a vehicle's potential fuel efficiency.
“Hybrids are an important part of our strategy to deliver the best or among the best fuel economy with all of our new products, and the Fusion and Milan Hybrids have set the pace for the company, as well as our competitors,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “We’re glad to see our government help promote these advanced, clean fuel-efficient vehicles to the consumer.”