2013 Ford Fusion EcoBoost engine

Auto Start-Stop option to be $295 on 2013 Ford Fusion

During a technology forum held on Google+ Hangouts, Ford highlighted the new Auto Start-Stop option that will be available on the 2013 Fusion, along with specifics about the technology and a recent survey commissioned by Ford regarding energy savings and fuel efficiency. The results may surprise some eco-enthusiasts.

One of Ford's best-selling models is the Fusion mid-sized sedan. The outgoing 2012 model is sold with a couple of engine options as well as a hybrid. For 2013, the Fusion will have five powertrain options, including two EcoBoost engines, a Hybrid, and two standard (naturally aspirated) engines. One option it will also include will be the inclusion of Ford's new Auto Stop-Start technology.

The 2013 Fusion with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine option will also offer Auto Stop-Start for only $295 more. With or without this addition, the mid-sized sedan with that engine will achieve 37 miles per gallon (estimated) on the highway - numbers as good as the competing Toyota Camry Hybrid, which sells for a higher hybrid premium.

Auto Stop-Start is a new Ford technology that works in a way similar to the stop-start systems other manufacturers are rolling out. Usually a standard feature on hybrid-electrics, it is also often seen on luxury vehicles as well. Simply put, when the car is stopped at a light, stop sign, or parked and waiting, the engine will shut off automatically and then restart automatically in order to save fuel. Ford's system has a half second delay between coming to a full stop (with foot on the brake) and engine shut off and about a quarter second delay to restart - less than the time it takes to move your foot from the brake to the accelerator. For those who've experienced this technology in Ford or other vehicles, it's seamless to the driver and becomes immediately intuitive when thinking about fuel economy and savings.

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