The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has
avowed the five-star Overall Vehicle Score on
Ford Motor Co.
) 2013 Ford Fusion Energi. This highest safety rating of the U.S.
Government is awarded by the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) of
NHTSA after assessing the vehicle performance in frontal and
side-impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.
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Fusion Energi is equipped with the Personal Safety System
together with safety belt technologies and front impact airbags.
Other technologies in Fusion Energi are Lane Keeping Assist,
Adaptive Cruise Control, Rearview Camera, Hill Start Assist and
Electronic Parking Break.
Ford Fusion comes with a highest possible safety rating from
NHTSA together with fuel efficiency. Fusion Energi has the EPA
fuel economy rating of 108 MPG, which is 5 MPG better than
Toyota Motor Corp.
) Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.
The 2013 Fusion was also rated as the Top Safety Pick+ by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Honda Motor Co.
) redesigned Accord sedan also received a high rating from IIHS.
Recently, NHTSA awarded Ford Fusion and the Ford Fusion Hybrid
with the five-star safety rating. NHTSA is conducting these
safety tests on the plug-in vehicles separately due to the rising
demand for electrified vehicles.
Ford posted an increase of 4.1% in earnings to $1.6 billion and a
5.1% rise in earnings per share to 41 cents in the first quarter
of 2013, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3 cents.
Revenues improved 10.5% to $35.8 billion, exceeding the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of $32.8 billion. The improvement in revenues
and earnings was mainly attributable to Ford's strong performance
in North America and Asia Pacific Africa, partially offset by
unfavorable exchange rate in South America and uncertainties in
Mich. based Ford is one of the largest automobile producers in
the world. Currently, the company carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
) a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock is performing well in the
broader industry where Ford operates.