DEARBORN, MI – The first Fusion V-6-powered all-wheel-drive (AWD) models are now arriving at dealerships. Fusion SE AWD models start at $23,430, including destination and delivery, while Fusion SEL AWD models start at $24,525. Ford expects sales of vehicles equipped with AWD to double from 25 percent of the total U.S. market in 2003 to 50 percent by 2012. That increase will be largely driven by consumers who want to retain the confidence of four-wheel traction as they migrate from their current SUVs and trucks into new sedans and crossover vehicles. In addition, all 2007 Fusion models are covered by Ford Motor Company’s new, five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, including complimentary roadside assistance. The improvements further increase the value and appeal of the award-winning Fusion. Internal Ford quality audits show the Fusion already delivers the best quality of any vehicle produced by Ford. That research has been supported by a number of prestigious recognitions in 2006, such as:

  • J.D. Power and Associates ranked the Fusion as the 2006 Most Appealing Mid-Size Car, based on owner satisfaction with the design, content, layout, and performance of their new vehicles.
  • Strategic Vision ranked the Fusion as the best mid-sized car in the 2006 Total Quality Awards, based on new-vehicle owner satisfaction.
  • AAA and Parents magazine named the Fusion one of the 2006 Best Sedans for Families, based on family road tests and top crash-test ratings.
  • Consumer Guide ranks the Fusion as a “Recommended” buy.
  • Smart Money selected Fusion as a “Best Value” in the mid-size sedan market based on Fusion’s features, comfort, ownership costs, and fuel economy.