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Fusion Hybrid Averages 81.5 MPG, Sets World Record with 1,445 Miles on Single Tank of Gas

- Drivers trained in mileage-maximizing techniques achieve 1,445 miles on a single tank of gas in a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid - averaging 81.5 mpg in Washington, D.C. - and set world record for gasoline-powered, midsize sedan

- The Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile Challenge proves that fuel-efficient driving techniques can nearly double a vehicle's EPA-rated fuel economy

- The demonstration of the Fusion Hybrid's ultra high-mileage potential also raised more than $8,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Drivers trained in mileage-maximizing techniques such as smooth acceleration and coasting to red lights were able to get an extraordinary 1,445.7 miles out of a single tank of gas during a fund-raising effort in Washington, D.C. that concluded today. They did it by averaging 81.5 miles per gallon in an off-the-showroom floor, non-modified 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient midsize car in North America - nearly doubling its U.S. certified mileage.

The Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile Challenge started at 8:15 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 25, from Mount Vernon, Va., and ended this morning at 5:37 a.m. on George Washington Parkway in Washington, D.C. After more than 69 continuous hours of driving, the Fusion Hybrid finally depleted its tank and came to a stop with an odometer reading of 1,445.7 miles - setting a world record for gasoline-powered, midsize sedan.

The challenge team, which included NASCAR star Carl Edwards, high mileage trailblazer Wayne Gerdes and several Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) engineers, raised more than $8,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) by exceeding the goal of 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas. The Fusion Hybrid's official estimated range is approximately 700 miles per tank.

"Not only does this demonstrate the Fusion Hybrid's fuel efficiency, it also shows that driving technique is one of the keys to maximizing its potential," said Nancy Gioia, director, Ford Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs. "The fact that we were able raise much needed funds for JDRF while raising the bar on fuel efficient driving performance made the effort doubly worthwhile."

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Very impressive for a mid-size sedan. Glad it's from Ford and not Toyota.

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Congrats belong to those at FoMoCo. Great work guys/gals.

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Awesome! Where's this in a Malibu?

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Awesome! Where's this in a Malibu?

Remember GM is reorganizing into a stronger corporation? A vehicle like this is not strong according to their business model.

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We all know which auto company is going to survive the dark times right now and who to support.

Bravo Ford. You give me all the more reason to keep my enthusiast's eye on you.

This also proves just how flawed CAFE is as it does not take into consideration individual driving habits. It's all guesswork.

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Very Impressive Ford...it amazes me how they were able to take a middle of the road midsize car and turn it into a class leader ...without even fully redesigning it.

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Wow, thats impressive. More than impressive, actually.

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is FoMoCo still using Toyota licensed hybrid tech?

For the record, it was Ford developed, just similar enough to Toyota's technology that they made the agreement to avoid a potential lawsuit. Its not the same as GM using Honda's 3.5.

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This is an awesome accomplishment. I hope that Ford markets the living hell out of this. :thumbsup:

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Ford is more and more becoming the only American manufacturer that doesn't have its head shoved up its ass.

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Ford is more and more becoming the only American manufacturer that doesn't have its head shoved up its ass.

And all it took was bringing in a Lexus driving airplane exec.

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And all it took was bringing in a Lexus driving airplane exec.

:yes:

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Just goes to show that the status quo isn't always the way to go. Wagoner, Henderson, even Lutz were pretty much status quo, old blood moves by GM.

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Just goes to show that the status quo isn't always the way to go. Wagoner, Henderson, even Lutz were pretty much status quo, old blood moves by GM.

Well that's just because ole Bill was smart enough to recognize that he didn't have what it took, and Fords Board of Directors were smart enough to recruit a qualified man for the job.

When business interests have become as entrenched as Fords/GMs/Chrysler's and have been consistently doing poorly, then yes it it is time to bring in some fresh blood.

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The Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile Challenge started at 8:15 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 25, from Mount Vernon, Va., and ended this morning at 5:37 a.m. on George Washington Parkway in Washington, D.C. After more than 69 continuous hours of driving, the Fusion Hybrid finally depleted its tank and came to a stop with an odometer reading of 1,445.7 miles - setting a world record for gasoline-powered, midsize sedan.

Bravo Ford!

Even more amazing considering that this was done in the DC suburbs. Home of the second worst traffic congestion in the US. I guess hybrids do perform better in stop and go traffic. ;)

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Bravo Ford!

Even more amazing considering that this was done in the DC suburbs. Home of the second worst traffic congestion in the US. I guess hybrids do perform better in stop and go traffic. ;)

Even more impressive than that is that it was done with a midsize sedan, not some ultra-tiny superlight like the original Insight. :)

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This is very impressive, and Ford deserves plenty of credit for this.

This also gets me thinking... the techniques used by these people... would they be easy to implement in a driving school program?

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That's very impressive..be hard to achieve those numbers w/ a diesel.

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This is very impressive, and Ford deserves plenty of credit for this.

This also gets me thinking... the techniques used by these people... would they be easy to implement in a driving school program?

From my experience, the hyper-MPG techniques are either highly unsafe, or highly rude to others.

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