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2012 Ford Fusion Loses Manual Transmission, Gains Alloy Wheels
By Harry Lay
June 29 2011
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Ford has made a few changes for the 2012 Fusion. The American automaker decided based on low sales numbers that the six-speed manual transmission will only be available on the base Fusion S for 2012.

Fuel economy wasn’t much of an improvement with the manual transmission anyways. With a manual transmission, the Fusion was rated 22/32 mpg while the automatic six speed was rated at 23/33 mpg. There is a general trend currently, to eliminate manual transmission midsize sedans, with Mazda doing so with their ostensibly sporty Mazda6.

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I'm sure the business case was justifiable, but still sad news. I don't care for most the of bells and whistles, but I think they should make SYNC an option on the Fusion S, so you can get a manual transmission with SYNC still.
 
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