Ford Fusion Lightweight Concept to Boost Fuel Economy

Ford was able to reduce the weight of its Fusion sedan by 25 percent in a new concept version that debuted today. The Fusion Lightweight Concept midsize car matches the Fiesta subcompact's weight, an accomplishment Ford hopes will lead to better fuel economy for future cars. The automaker was inspired by the weight-saving techniques it used in the all-new 2015 F-150, which shed 700 pounds during its redesign. Ford says the new F-150 is able to tow more, accelerate quicker, stop shorter, and boost fuel economy thanks to the weight reduction.
In the concept Fusion, Ford used aluminum, ultra-high-strength steels, magnesium, and carbon fiber in strategic places of the body. The concept also uses many of the same materials found in today's lightweight electronic devices, including chemically toughened glass and light plastics.
“Our goal was to investigate how to design and build a mixed-materials, lightweight vehicle that could potentially be produced in high volume, while providing the same level of safety, durability and toughness as our vehicles on the road today,” said Matt Zaluzec, Ford technical leader of Global Materials and Manufacturing Research. “The Lightweight Concept gives us the platform to continue to explore the right mix of materials and applications for future vehicles.” The Ford Fusion concept vehicle was developed in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program and Cosma International. Check out the pictures and diagrams below for more information on weight-saving techniques in the concept Ford Fusion. Source: Ford