Ford Motor Co. equips its Ford Fusion sedan with a sub-$18,000 base price to take on Asian rivals in the bread-and-butter sedan segment. The auto maker launches the Mazda6-based (CD3 platform) car this fall alongside Mercury and Lincoln platform mates. The base model is equipped with a 2.3L 4-cyl. engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. A Ford spokesman says Fusion’s base sticker of $17,995, which includes freight, undercuts rivals carrying Hyundai, Honda, Chevrolet, Toyota and ...

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