DEARBORN, MI ‚Äď Ford Motor Co. says its ‚Äô09 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrid-electric vehicles will feature smoother transitions between electric and gasoline modes. The next-generation hybrids, set to debut late next year, ‚Äúwill have battery and fuel-economy improvements and other refinements,‚ÄĚ says Sherif Marakby, chief engineer, global core HEV propulsion system engineering. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the smoothness of operation ‚Äď what the customer will actually feel when the engine is off or on,‚ÄĚ he ...
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