The Ford Fusion’s handsome angular styling; tidy size and good fuel economy have proven to be strong draws on the mid-size sedan marketplace. In addition to sales success, the Ford Fusion has also garnered a case full of trophies for Ford.
Strategic Vision named Fusion the best quality mid-size sedan on the American market in 2006. Motor Trend named Fusion its Car of The Year in 2009. Consumer Reports named Fusion the top domestic sedan for 2010. Car And Driver named Fusion Hybrid one of its 10 Best Cars in 2009. The Fusion Hybrid won the coveted North American Car of The Year award in 2010. And, the august International Car Wash Association voted Fusion America’s Most Washable Car.
(No, we ain’t makin’ that one up…)
Interestingly, Ford originally planned to call Fusion the Futura, a name it had applied to a number of different cars going all the way back to a Lincoln concept car of the 1950’s. (BTW, that same concept car formed the basis for Adam West’s Batmobile in the 1960’s TV series.) In addition to the Lincoln, Ford used the Futura name on a variant of the Falcon in the 1960’s, and in the late 70’s the Futura name was employed to distinguish a trim line of the Fairmont through the early 1980’s. However, a few years after that Fairmont Futura was discontinued, the Pep Boys auto parts company christened a proprietary line of its tires “Futura”. When the car company tried to reapply the name, this time to the car that ultimately became known as the Fusion, the Pep Boys lawyered up on Ford and won the rights to the name because more than three years had passed between the usage of the name on the Ford Fairmont and the Pep Boy’s tire.
A total sales success for Ford on one hand, but the instrument of a legal beat-down on another, the Ford Fusion nonetheless represents an excellent buy on the secondary market. To date, there have been but two generations of the Fusion offered since the model went on sale in 2005, as a 2006 model — though a third-generation Fusion is in the offing for the 2013 model year.