12th June 2014
Ford has recently unveiled a new concept car: an 'ultra-lightweight' version of the Fusion that claims a significant weight reduction compared to the current road model.
For the mid-sized family car, the overall weight has dropped by an impressive 25 percent – putting it on par with the enduringly popular Ford Fiesta. The wheels and seats are built from carbon fibre, and the springs and stabiliser bars are made from hollow steel. A mix of aluminium, magnesium and high-strength steel has been used to complete the body.
Even the windscreen and majority of the Fusion concept's windows use chemically-treated 'Gorilla Glass' similar to that used in early iPhones.
As a prototype, the next-generation Fusion demonstrates a slimmed-down 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine. It's expected to continue delivering a reliably strong level of fuel economy.
Six versions of the concept will be built to continue testing, evaluating the noise levels and stability of the model on the road. A full production version is not planned, and has yet to be confirmed or denied by the manufacturer.
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