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2011 Ford Fusion/Fusion Hybrid Named Fleet Car of the Year

The 2011 Fleet Car of the Year has an all six-speed transmission lineup, various engine choices, new standard and available features, and Sport and Hybrid models.

December 2010, by Jennifer Washington

Ford took top honors this year by winning the Fleet Car of the Year award with the 2011 Ford Fusion/Fusion Hybrid.

2011 Ford Fusion

Sponsored by Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet magazines, the award is given annually and voted on by fleet professionals. Qualified fleet professionals cast their votes online for one car and truck out of 74 cars and 13 light-duty truck nominees, representing all of the major domestic and import-badged vehicles.

"We're very pleased Fusion is being recognized with this important award," said Eric Guenther, general marketing manager - Ford North American Fleet, Lease & Remarketing Operations (NAFLRO). "Fusion was developed with fleet customers in mind, and we're confident it offers the best design, safety, and value in the industry."

The Ford Fusion all six-speed transmission lineup is available with I-4 and V-6 engine choices and a Hybrid model and Sport version.

New features for 2011 include MyKey, available rain-sensing wipers, and HD radio. Integrated blind-spot mirrors have been added to cars without the optional Blind Spot Information System. Ford SYNC communications and infotainment system can now be integrated with the available touchscreen voice-activated navigation system.

"Fusion is a total solution for fleet managers and drivers. It looks great, offers incredible driving dynamics, and delivers very low operating costs. Top that off with outstanding resale value, and you have a winning combination," Guenther said.

Powertrain Offerings Expand on Capability

The 2011 Fusion's fuel-efficient powertrain lineup includes a 2.5L I-4 engine that achieves an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway with 175 hp and 172 ft.-lb. of torque. The I-4 engine is available with manual or automatic transmission.

The Duratec 30 3.0L V-6 engine produces 240 hp and 222 ft.-lb. of torque and is flex-fuel capable. The engine can produce up to 250 hp when using E-85 fuel.

The Fusion Sport features a 3.5L V-6 engine that offers 263 hp and 249 ft.-lb. of torque with regular unleaded fuel. The Sport model has standard 18-in. wheels and upgraded suspension tuning.

New for 2011, I-4 automatic models are available with SelectShift manual gear control. SelectShift comes standard with both of the V-6 engines.
Options for V-6 engines include front-wheel drive and on-demand all-wheel drive.

The Fusion is equipped with Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) with Pull-Drift Compensation, as well as a front anti-roll bar and rear suspension link, which help enhance steering, handling, and ride.
Various sound-absorbing features such as the acoustic windshield, thick front-door glass, inner and outer dash absorbers, revised sealing baffles, and interior headliner absorption materials help reduce noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH).

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