Recent sales of Ford’s Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid may spur the Blue Oval to adopt Randy Newman’s 1983 hit I Love LA as its theme song. The mid-size stalwart started selling its 2017 model-year version last month, and Ford says the Fusion’s two hybrid variants got an especially large sales boost in Los Angeles, the largest US car market of any single city. Given that midsize sedan sales had been down about five percent for the year in LA, that demand is especially impressive.
For June, Ford Fusion Hybrid sales in LA rose 35 percent from a year earlier, while Fusion Energi sales jumped 39 percent, according to the automaker. Ford boasts that the plug-in hybrid can go 610 miles on a full tank of gas and a full battery charge, which means intrepid Angelenos can travel from their home city north to the Oregon border without a fill-up or a charge.
Ford’s “green” Fusions were already particularly popular in LA, where the hybrid and plug-in hybrid accounted for more than 40 percent of Fusion sales through May. As for total US sales through the first five months of the year, results were more mixed. Countrywide, US Fusion Hybrid sales fell 19 percent from a year earlier to 8,945 units, while Fusion Energi sales jumped 55 percent to more than 5,500 vehicles. With those higher June sales, the Fusion hybrid’s year-to-date sales gap narrowed to about nine percent.
The Fusion Hybrid costs about $3,000 more than the standard-issue Fusion. The plug-in’s price premium is quite a bit more substantial, at about $9,000.