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Next-Generation Ford Fusion Carries Autonomous Technology

Ford debuted its first modern autonomous prototype three years ago but, despite the time lapse, the design hasn’t changed much. Looks don’t say much when it comes to autonomous technology, though. The American automaker is still shooting to produce autonomous vehicles for ride-sharing services by 2021.

The Detroit-based automaker plans to launch a new set of autonomous prototypes to increase its current fleet from 30 to 90 cars. All models will be based on the Ford Fusion hybrid.

Considering that Ford has largely invested in the autonomous midsize sedan, it wouldn’t be surprising for the next-generation Ford Fusion to be the first model to debut with the advanced technology.

The automaker invested around $75 million into Velodyne and continues to use the Lidar sensors. The sensors are near the A-pillars above the side mirrors. From those spots, the sensors provide a full 360-degree view.

What can easily be mistaken for roof racks carrying skis are actually three cameras that look forward, sideways, and backwards. Those cameras come in addition to the camera behind the windshield that watches for traffic signals and pedestrians. Radar sensors of varying ranges will help keep the vehicle on track in all weather conditions.

We here at Sanderson Ford can’t wait to see what developments continue to come out of the new prototypes!

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Ford Fusion Hybrid Honored as U.S. News Best Hybrid Car for Families

Parents no longer have to sacrifice style or fuel efficiency when they purchase the perfect car for their family. The Ford Fusion Hybrid was recently named the U.S. News Best Hybrid Car for Families, making a lasting impression on the editors at the prestigious magazine through a combination of fuel efficiency, space, and sleek styling that are sure to impress the other parents in your car pool, too.

The Fusion Hybrid has earned this honor four years in a row, showing that the sedan continually offers top-notch performance and fuel efficiency to consumers. In the hybrid car’s cabin, room is plentiful both in the front and rear seats, while a laundry list of features keeps everyone comfortable. Sensors, cameras, and radar systems all work together to help the Fusion Hybrid’s innovative driver-assist and safety technologies keep your family safe.

The winner of the Best Hybrid for Families category was determined after analyzing professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability scores, seating and cargo volume, and the availability of family-friendly features. If you are interested in making the Ford Fusion Hybrid your next family car, stop in to Sanderson Ford today!

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Ford Sets Annual Hybrid Sales Record in Just Five Months

2013 Ford C-Max HybridThe battle for the hybrid vehicle sales crown is beginning to heat up, and Ford is looking to knock Toyota from its throne.  Thanks to an impressive consumer response the Ford C-MAX and Fusion Hybrid, Ford is shattering its hybrid sales records across the board.

Ford destroyed its monthly hybrid sales record with 8,481 in April.  The record April brought Ford’s total annual hybrid sales to 29,561 units, and puts the automaker on track to beat its annual record of 35,496 units in just five months.

“We’re turning, conquesting and growing our sales the fastest in the largest hybrid markets in the country,” said Erich Merkle, Ford U.S. sales analyst, in a phone interview with Bloomberg.com.

Ford’s share of hybrid sales in April rose to 18 percent, which is a 15 percent increase over the same month last year.  Ford now holds the second largest share of hybrid vehicles sales. The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid led the charge with a fivefold increase in sales in April, totaling 3,989 units sold.

Visit us at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, AZ to experience any of Ford’s efficient hybrid vehicles first hand.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Returns 47 Combined MPG

Ford has pioneered fuel economy-inspired innovations over the past few years, most notably EcoBoost and hybrid technology.  For the 2013 model year, Ford is putting its Hybrid technology on full display in the Ford Fusion.

 The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in Hybrid is able to return a combined 47 mpg when functioning as a hybrid and an incredible 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) when being driven in electric mode.

“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” says Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid dominates its closest competitor, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, in terms of fuel efficiency.  In fact, the Fusion Hybrid beats the Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg highway and 4 mpg city.

The 2013 Fusion Hybrid also flaunts additional innovations for drivers to increase fuel economy.  Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide insures that the driver is operating with optimal fuel economy, and the ECO Cruise delivers the greenest cruise control possible.

Four Fords Named “Best Cars for Families”

Each year, U.S. News & World Reports releases their list of cars that are the best choices for families.  Ford is proud to have made the list four times this year, the most of any automaker, as the Edge, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, and Taurus were all honored with the designation.

U.S. News & World Reports bases their decisions are reviews and test drives from auto journalists across the nation.  Using this approach allows the judges to have a wide-range look at the most family-friendly cars available in the U.S.  The list highlights cars, SUVs, and minivans that provide the best combination of features, reliability, utility, and safety.

The Ford Edge was named the “Best Two-Row Midsize SUV for Families” for being offered at a valuable price and providing strong technology and impressive fuel economy ratings. The Fusion earned the title of “Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families” for its “roomy interior, large trunk, good safety scores, and family-friendly tech features.”  The Fusion’s hybrid counterpart was named the “Best Hybrid Car for Families” thanks to its technology and spaciousness.  Finally, the Ford Taurus, which offers excellent safety ratings and parent-friendly technology such as the MyKey system, was named the “Best Affordable Full-size Car for Families.”

Each of these cars were also recognized by U.S. News & World Reports for being the “Best Car for the Money” in their respective classes.

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