Automotive Fleet

DEC 2013

Magazine for the car and truck fleet and leasing industry

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2014 WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD Offering the 'Power of Choice' to feets has helped the automaker win the prestigious annual award year-over-year for its gasoline and hybrid models. BY LAUREN FLETCHER The 2014 Ford Fusion features an all-new 1.5L EcoBoost engine. L aunched in 2012 at the North American International Auto Show, the current generation 2014 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid have been awarded the 2014 Fleet Car of the Year award for the fourth straight year. Te 2014 Fusion/Fusion Hybrid beat out AT A GLANCE Redesigned twice in four years, the 2014 Ford Fusion/Fusion Hybrid was named Fleet Car of the Year in 2013. The vehicle has been updated with: ● A new 1.5L EcoBoost engine on the gasoline model. ● Several standard safety features, including lane-keeping system and active park assist. ● The Hybrid model features the SmartGuage with EcoGuide. 18 AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I DECEMBER 2013 43 cars for the annual Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet award, racking up the most votes by feet managers in an online ballot. "Te entire Ford Fleet team is very pleased that customers continue to fnd the Fusion as the commercial car of choice. We are committed to making the proper investments going forward to meet the evolving needs of companies and drivers that utilize the Fusion," according to John Ruppert, general manager, commercial and government operations, at Ford Motor Company. Delivering Power & Savings Te 2014 Ford Fusion continues to ofer feets the choice of fve separate powertrains and features an 1.5L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine for increased fuel efciency. Te 1.5L engine is the ffh member of Ford's family of fuel-efcient EcoBoost engines. Te powerplant features turbocharging, direct gasoline injection, and twin independent variable camshaf timing (Ti-VCT). Te EcoBoost engine also features a watercooled, integrated exhaust manifold. Casting the cylinder head and exhaust manifold as a single unit reduces overall weight and moves the turbocharger closer to the exhaust ports for improved responsiveness, according to the automaker. Ford noted that the 1.5L engine is projected to deliver approximately the same power and torque as the 1.6L in the 2013 Ford Fusion, while improving fuel economy and providing improved driveability. Auto start-stop technology is also available on the 1.5L EcoBoost Fusion model with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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