Insurance Spot Headlines
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
from metronews.ca Edmonton
The all-new 2010 Fusion and Fusion Hybrid have received a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Ford is the only automotive brand to offer two hybrids that have segment-leading fuel efficiency, "Top Safety Pick" awards and exclusive safety technologies.
The Fusion Hybrid offers 41 mpg city while the Escape Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient SUV on the market and also garnered a "Top Safety Pick". The new Fusion Hybrid's class-leading fuel economy bests the Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg in the city. It also features Ford's innovative SmartGauge with EcoGuide, which coaches hybrid drivers to maximize fuel efficiency.
Fusion gets some of their core strength from the use of lightweight high-strength steel in the body structure.
The structure of the Fusion helps it withstand intrusion in a side impact. The tailor-welded B-pillars between the front and rear doorframes are stronger at the top of the vehicle (from below the beltline upward) than at the bottom. This helps to channel energy below the level of the occupants. At the torso level and above, the structure helps to prevent intrusion into the passenger compartment.Among the segment-exclusive safety and driver aid technologies on the new Fusion are Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) and 911 Assist.