The Fusion has a grille reminiscent of the sports car line once owned by Ford, Aston Martin. Similar angular grilles are used throughout the Ford family and now can be seen on several competitors’ vehicles, notably from Hyundai.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name of Ronnie Wilson, of Augusta, who pointed out that the Fusion had a new body style.
Several readers guessed that the photo showed a new Honda Accord.
Wilson wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers correctly identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Norman Lewis
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “The automotive landscape at Ford has been changing as quickly as any manufacturer can make it happen. The entire car/SUV lineup has recently gone through a major redesign and reintroduction, with the exception of (thank goodness!) the Mustang.
“The Fusion is available as a nonhybrid with a choice of three four-cylinder engine options, a 1.6-liter turbo, 2-liter turbo or 2.5-liter nonturbo, and a 6-speed manual coupled to the 1.6-liter engine only or a 6-speed automatic.
“The hybrid version gets a nonturbo version of the 2-liter engine and of course a continuously variable transmission.
“The Fusion appears to be as competent and capable as any vehicle in this class. In fact, it is amazingly similar in appearance to one of the top sellers in this class, the Kia Optima.
“With Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards of 50-plus mpg looming on the horizon for all car manufacturers, Ford appears to be well-positioned to meet current and future CAFE standards. Lighter overall vehicles with smaller, higher-horsepower engines is the plan of attack to meet those standards, and with a rating of 47 mpg for the hybrid Fusion, I am sure Ford is hoping to sell a lot of them.
“The base price of the hybrid version starts at just over $30,000 and looks like it could encroach on $40,000 with options. That compares to a $21,000 starting price for the base Fusion S model.
“Hopefully, all that engineering and technology will also benefit the mileage rating of the high-performance (V-8) vehicles.
“I can only hope that this will place Ford in a position to be able to prove the latest rumors true regarding the next generation Mustang (late 2014 as a 2015 model) remaining the instantly recognizable iconic Mustang us old guys expect it to be, complete with the burble of a dual exhaust V-8 capable of spinning the rubber off of the back tires!”
EVANS: Jerry Paul wrote: “My guess for this week is a Ford Fusion.”
FRANKLIN, N.C.: Dale Sanford wrote: “The auto pictured is a 2013 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid. It is a 47-mpg rated hybrid that starts at around $27,000. It looks like an upgrade if our Prius ever gives up the ghost.
“You get spoiled once you drive a hybrid that consistently delivers mileage near 50 mpg and will be an interesting consideration when it comes time to trade.”
MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller wrote: “For $21,000 to $31,000, your 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid comes with a 1.6-liter or 2-liter EcoBoost engine that should get you 26 mpg city and 37 mpg highway miles per gallon in the ‘nonhybrid’ mode.”
Also, Jim Muraski
PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson wrote: “I think what we have is a 2013 Ford Fusion. It’s hard to tell the model as the body style has no changes to speak of. They do have a promising hybrid Fusion, using both gas and electric promising 48 mpg. It might compete with the Prius.”