Ford enters the taxi business with hybrid Fusion sedan
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In an attempt to boost sales of the 2019 Ford Fusion, the Dearborn, Michigan automaker launched a version specially equipped to operate as a cab, which promises to be “Ford’s most fuel-efficient, purpose-built taxi ever”.
“Taxi operators want vehicles that are reliable, efficient and comfortable,” said Imran Jalal, brand and communications manager for Ford fleet marketing. “The Fusion Hybrid Taxi offer all three with special attention to potentially help lower fuel costs. Plus, Fusion Hybrid underscores our commitment to introduce even more efficient and capable hybrids in the future.”
The Fusion Hybrid Taxi shares parts with the Ford Police Responder Hybrid for improved durability, including a police-tuned suspension with increased ride height and calibrated high-performance brakes, plus steel wheels.
Ford is now projecting EPA-estimated rating comparable to that of the Ford Police Responder Hybrid (projected EPA-estimated ratings of 40 mpg City/36 mpg Highway/38 mpg Combined).
It also features heavy-duty cloth seating or optional vinyl seating, vinyl floors, available School Bus Yellow paint, a standard rearview camera, and a mounting plate on top of the instrument panel to secure taxi meters and other fleet equipment.
The company is already taking orders and the units will be delivered by the end of year. As with the Ford Police Responder, the Hybrid Taxis are built in Hermosillo, Sonora and modified at the Chicago Assembly Plant.