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2012 Ford Fusion and F-150 Remain Fleet Favorites

Ford captured our Car and Truck of the Year awards for the Fusion/Fusion Hybrid and the F-150 pickup for the second year in a row.

January 2012, by By Grace Suizo and Chris Wolski

AF's Bob Brown (center), Great Lakes sales manager, presented the Fleet Car & Truck of the Year trophies to John Ruppert (left), general manager of Ford Commercial Sales, and Kevin Koswick, director of Ford North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing Operations.
AF's Bob Brown (center), Great Lakes sales manager, presented the Fleet Car & Truck of the Year trophies to John Ruppert (left), general manager of Ford Commercial Sales, and Kevin Koswick, director of Ford North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing Operations.

Ford has once again nabbed Automotive Fleet’s Fleet Car & Truck of the Year titles with its 2012 Fusion/Fusion Hybrid and F-150. It’s the second straight win for both vehicles, and it’s clear they’ve proven their worth among fleet professionals.

Sponsored by Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet magazines, the purpose of the awards are to promote excellence in the fleet industry, particularly the tools and vehicles that allow fleet managers to fulfill their missions. Voters are allowed to select only one vehicle for each award.

The Fusion models gained the most votes among a group of 45 cars selected for this year’s award. “The Fusion/Fusion Hybrid have been so popular with our customers because they combine size, fuel efficiency, safety and technology to deliver outstanding residual value,” said John Ruppert, general manager, Ford Commercial Sales.

For the 2012-MY Truck of the Year, qualified fleet professionals had 21 trucks to choose from. The F-150 was the overwhelming choice, capturing the coveted title for the second year in a row. This year’s model follows up on the 2011 redesign with extended capabilities, new technology and more fuel-efficient powertrains, as well as a new “FX” appearance package.

“We continue to listen to our fleet customers and modify our content and offerings to meet their needs,” Ruppert said. “An example is the addition of ‘flat towing’ on all 4x4 offerings and the removal of the HD payload package requirement from the SuperCab 8-foot box configurations. Our customers can still opt to purchase the HD payload package, but it is no longer forced on this configuration.”

Slight Changes to Fusion
Going into the 2012-MY, the Fusion all 6-speed transmission lineup is available with three engine choices (2.5L I-4, 3.0L V-6, and 3.5L V-6), four distinct models (S, SE, SEL, and Sport) and a Hybrid version. Ford has made the 6-speed automatic transmission standard on the Fusion SE, as well as 17-inch aluminum wheels. In addition, the Fusion Sport offers all-wheel drive.

2012-My Ford Fusion Hybrid
2012-My Ford Fusion Hybrid

Boasting even more fuel economy than its gasoline counterpart with 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway, the Fusion Hybrid — first introduced in the 2010-MY — operates up to 47 mph in electric vehicle mode and can drive a range of more than 700 miles through the city on a single tank of gasoline, according to Ford.

Providing 20% more battery power than the first-generation system, the Fusion Hybrid’s PowerSplit technology system uses two motors and a continuously variable transmission to optimize drive and fuel efficiency for all operating modes. The 2.5L Atkinson-Cycle hybrid four-cylinder powertrain combines with the electric motor to generate 191 net hp.

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