Ford’s current Fusion Hybrid is no slouch in the fuel economy department, returning an EPA estimated 41 miles per gallon in city driving. Given the car’s mid-size sedan bulk, that’s a more-than-reasonable performance, but Ford apparently has found a way to up the next Fusion Hybrid’s fuel economy by nearly 15 percent. According to Ford Inside News, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid will see either 47 or 48 mpg in city driving, and the car has already exceeded its projected fuel economy targets.
The website doesn’t give any indication on how Ford achieved these numbers, but the 2013 Fusion and Fusion Hybrid will both be new from the ground up. Production is scheduled to begin in January of 2012, using Ford’s new CD4 platform, and Ford has lofty sales expectations for their new mid-size “world car.”
If reports are accurate, Ford is planning on a 50-percent sales increase for Fusion models in North America, which will translate into unit sales of some 30,000 Fusion models per month. It’s not yet clear how many of that number will be hybrids, but we suspect that Ford will have no problems finding buyers for a mid-size sedan that achieves 47 or 48 mpg in the city.