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Old 10th August 2006, 01:43   #1
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Guys,

The new Fusion is in the market. Check out the ford india website.

The technical specifications remain the same but still some modifications in the whole package.

The main changes:

1) Improved interiors. More of the fiesta flavor is evident.
2) New bumpers. Differentiates its look from the earlier version.
3) New instrument cluster






But the price still remains very similar with an Ex showroom of 5.69 L in Delhi. Keep in mind now, there is no Fusion +. Ford has brought in the Europe 2006 Fusion model to India but acceptibility in India still remains a question mark.

I am one of the fans of the car and a proud owner ofcourse. So, I am a bit excited.

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Old 10th August 2006, 01:48   #2
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any clue if they have introduced the slightly spoken about diesle variant as well?
ford should introduce the car with the 1.4 tdci powerhouse, thats what will get the fusion sales fifures rolling.

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The new bumper looks $H!T
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CNG with petrol and a 1.4 TDCI is what will make these move from the dealer lots.

better option to a SRV. Dunno how it fares to palio 1.6.
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FORD India managing director has said in times(of Bangalore) today that there are no plans for the diesel version.
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The new bumper looks $H!T
I agree. Those smaaall foglights in that huge sheet of plastic look miserable. Still, it's a lot of car for that money. A base Fiesta 1.4/Aveo 1.4 goes for the same price I guess..
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Actually I like the bumper. It's silly that ford is not planning a Dsl engine for this car. Would give most of sub 8 lakhs cars a run for thier money.
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not withstanding how it looks individually, the new bumper according to me is a good improvement.
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I think they missed the most important modification required...PRICE!!!
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Well personally I like the bumpers .. would replace the fog-lamps with much bigger ones though.

And btw, the most welcome improvement has been in the interiors dept. The older fusion was always a really good car to drive but the the interiors were extremely shabby and plasticky.
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The latest offering has a powerful engine coupled with intelligent drive-by-wire technology providing high low-end torque, faster acceleration and superior fuel efficiency.

http://www.hindu.com/2006/08/10/stor...1003761800.htm


The car has features such as two-tone avocado interiors, an all-new soft-touch instrument panel, approach lights that on remote unlocking glow to indicate the location of the car, tilt adjustable variable power assist steering, height adjustable front and rear head rests.

Ford India has a network of over 115 Ford dealership facilities in 79 cities across the country.

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/49900...Indian_markets


The new Ford Fusion was launched at Rs 5.69 lakhs. The company expects around a 100% jump in sales this year.

Selling about 3000 Fiestas, 700 Ikons, 300 Endeavours and 300 Fusions a month, Ford plans to launch the CNG version of the Ikon by September 2006.

http://www.moneycontrol.com/india/ne...article/233575


The company, which launched the Fiesta in November last year, has already exceeded the total sales figure of 2005, by June this year.

"We sold around 25,000 units last year and this year, we have crossed this number by June itself. We feel that going by this rate, we will end 2006 with a near 100 per cent growth in year-on-year sales," Ford India President and Managing Director Arvind Mathew told reporters here.

The company said average monthly sales of the 'Fiesta' were around 2,500-3,000 units.

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus...0608100313.htm
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I thought the new bumpers excercise was taken up by Ford to reduce the length of the car. That would allow Ford to get the excise duty exemption on this. Guess, they have decided to keep the extra money for themselves!
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The exise benefit is only for petrol < 1.2 liters capacity. So no benefit here.

makes sense only if the 1.4 D is launched.

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No ABS, No alloys. this is just a facelifted base Fusion.

In Sep 2004, they revised prices of Ikon and they killed the SXi and offered the Zxi at the same SXi features (barring a useless CD player in Zxi instead of the cassette unit in SXi) at the Zxi prices. Which to me was a huge price reduction. I hoped they will do the same this time offer the Fusion+ at the Fusion prices, which would have ensured that on paper they were not reducing prices but offerring a lot more.
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I thought the new bumpers excercise was taken up by Ford to reduce the length of the car. That would allow Ford to get the excise duty exemption on this. Guess, they have decided to keep the extra money for themselves!
With a 1.6 engine, where is the excise duty relief even if they shorten the length???
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