Mercury Concentrates on Fuel Efficiency, Presents Milan Hybrid
"The Milan has been a strong part of the Mercury lineup since its initial launch and has helped attract more consumers to dealer showrooms," said John Felice, general manager, Ford, Lincoln Mercury Marketing. "For sophisticated consumers looking for a stylish hybrid, the Milan now offers them the most fuel-efficient hybrid sedan in its class."
Although there are a lot of new things on Mercury Milan, we're not going to talk about all of them because the most important feature of the 2010 model is actually its hybrid system, which is said to provide a maximum speed of up to 47 mph in full electric mode.
Similar to other recent hybrid engines, Milan's is based on a regenerative brake system which recharges the batteries during normal braking. “Nearly 94 percent energy recovery is achieved by first delivering full regenerative braking followed by friction brakes during city driving,” Mercury explained. The new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is capable of providing a maximum power of 155 horsepower combined with a torque of 136 lb-ft. The car comes with an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission as default in order to minimize fuel consumption while still being able to develop enough engine power.
"With the new Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids, we are now able to offer even better range of travel on battery power at a greater speed, thanks to a more efficient, seamless transition between the battery-powered motor and gasoline-driven engine. These new hybrids will exceed expectations on all fronts – fuel efficiency, comfort, convenience and drivability,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president for Global Product Development.
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