Something is going on regarding production of the Ford Fusion. The midsize sedan is suffering from slowing customer demand due to the popularity of SUV’s and crossovers.
Automotive News reported that Ford will end North American production of the car by the end of this decade. For the U.S. market, they are current put together at a plant in Hermosillo, Mexico.
That prompted reports that production might be shifted to China, and then Ford said it has “no plans” to make that move and that more information about the Fusion will be released “at a later date.”
It also said the Fusion/Mondeo are an important part of its auto lineup, according to Motley Fool, thereby throwing cold water on the idea it might discontinue the model. The Mondeo is the European version of the Fusion.
All we can say is, stay tuned.
WardsAuto is out with its annual 10 Best Engine/Drivetrains list:
150-kW Electric Propulsion System (Chevrolet Bolt EV)
3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6/PHEV (Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid)
2.7L Twin Turbo DOHC V-6 (Ford F-150)
5.0L DOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang GT)
130-kW Fuel Cell/Electric Propulsion System (Honda Clarity)
2.0L VTEC Turbocharged DOHC 4-Cyl. (Honda Civic Type R)
3.0L Turbocharged DOHC V-6 (Infiniti Q50)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-Cyl. (Jaguar XF)
3.3L Turbocharged DOHC V-6 (Kia Stinger)
2.5L Atkinson DOHC 4-Cyl./HEV (Toyota Camry Hybrid)
Ward’s tested 32 engines and electric propulsion systems and four of the latter made the list.
While three are obvious, the fourth was the Toyota where Ward’s said interaction between the 2.5 liter four cylinder engine and electric motor is an “elegant, seamless, high-tech ballet.”
“We certainly didn’t set out to find four electrified drivetrains to honor this year. These four belong on our list because they are extremely efficient while at the same time fun to drive,” said Drew Winter, WardsAuto senior content director.
Subaru has announced pricing on two of its limited production performance cars that will debut next spring.
The WRX STI Type RA will start at $48,995 plus $860 for delivery. It comes with a 2.5-liter turbo four with 310 horsepower and a six-speed manual. (But of course!)
And the BRZ tS will be offered at $33,495 plus the same $860 for delivery. It offers suspension upgrades, 18” wheels, Brembo rotors, rear spoiler, and some Alcantara upholstery.
Feeling the urge to get away? A new Enterprise survey shows that 85 percent of respondents plan to escape on a weekend trip in the New Year. That is up from 78 percent in the previous report.
When asked why they want to escape more in 2018 than 2017, the top reasons are stress (43 percent), news (39 percent), the current political climate (38 percent) and social media (24 percent).
Those who plan to spend $1,000 or more on that getaway doubled from last year. Most are going to a beach.
In line with that, AAA says 107.3 million of us will travel over the upcoming holiday period. This would be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase from a year ago.
The majority will travel by motor vehicle, the rest on trains, boats or in the sky. AAA said drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and Thursday, Dec. 21.
Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California are the top two holiday destinations. I like numbers four, five and six – all are in either Hawaii or Jamaica.
The 1 millionth Toyota Corolla has rolled off the production line in Blue Springs, Mississippi.