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John McCain tweets love of Fusion Hybrid

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  June 17, 2009 01:36 PM

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Senator John McCain, who made it clear he wasn't tech- or Internet-savvy during the 2008 presidential campaign, posted a message onto his Twitter account the other day expressing his joy over his new Ford Fusion Hybrid.

"Getting my new car today @ 12:15 pm - excited about my Ford Fusion Hybrid!" is currently the latest post from @SenJohnMcCain, who boasts more than 789,000 followers. Mr. @BarackObama has more than 1.4 million.

The Los Angeles Times, in their witty political blog "Top of the Ticket," reported that many top White House staffers &mdash including those charged with fixing the domestic auto industry &mdash prefer foreign makes. McCain formerly drove a Cadillac CTS.

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20 comments so far...
  1. Finally, a car to be proud of as an American...that and some recent Cadillac and other Ford products are the direction in which US auto manufacturing should have been going for years. I'll take bankruptcies on GM's part and a buyout from Fiat on Chrysler's part if the lesson learned on Ford's end is that they need to make good competitive cars that people want to drive.

    Posted by FJ June 17, 09 02:00 PM
  1. Cars that the government want you to drive is more like it.
    I'll take 300 HP Turbo Charged internal combustion over some mamby pamby piece of crap hybrid anyday.

    Posted by JM June 17, 09 06:40 PM
  1. I just ordered a Ford 2010 Fusion Hybrid and just can't wait but I will have to wait about 6 to 8 weeks until delivery to the dealership. I am pleased to buy American, to get a hybrid that used very little gasoline; if I go under 47 mph, it runs solely on rechargeable batteries. It also helps the environment by releasing less harmful fumes. I will also get a tax credit of $1,700 on my 2009 tax return. AND it's a great car with all the luxury. It's a win - win - win - win situation all around.

    The other car manufacturers should concentrate on producing hybrid models too. These cars are the future.

    Posted by Karen June 17, 09 10:11 PM
  1. This "American" car is built in Mexico. And those expensive battery packs that power the electric motor come from Japan.

    Posted by Deucalion June 18, 09 07:46 AM
  1. The new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid has got to be the most interesting-affordable hybrid on the market today.

    Other choices are either moon-shaped hybrid-only models and those hybrids create from existing model (like the Fusion).

    Where the Fusion differs is in that it had agressive and edgy styling, and fun interactive green guage display, and the price is right on. And 41/36 MPG is amazing for an exisitng-model derived hybrid.

    This years Idol was a bit odd when they gave the last 2 contestants Fusion Hybrids versus 2010 cool Mustangs but it really changes people perspective on what folks want today. To be cool and save gas. Now this is a win-win.

    2010 Fusion has made it onto my top 20 favorites.

    Posted by Andy June 18, 09 09:10 AM
  1. Yeah, too bad Ford couldn't figure out how to get 10 more mpg on average like the Prius...

    Posted by American Cars Suck June 18, 09 10:41 AM
  1. Not much to be proud of. It's built outside of this country using previous generation Toyota technology. But whatever.

    Posted by Bill M. June 18, 09 12:38 PM
  1. Are most of you saying since John McCain is an American politician he is bound to buying only American products and if he doesn't he's damned?

    That's ridiculous.

    I bet he's enjoying it right now and hasn't thought about the specifics of where each part was assembled.

    Posted by Archer June 18, 09 02:04 PM
  1. But it doesn't look stupid like the Prius. You don't need a ponytail and bald head to drive it.

    Posted by Albert_Coholic June 18, 09 02:32 PM
  1. the Fusion is a roomier and nicer riding car. Real headroom. I'll trade away that extra 5-10mpg on the Prius for these 2 aspects.

    Posted by Lugnutz June 18, 09 03:40 PM
  1. but it really changes people perspective on what folks want today.

    I surely don't want a hybrid. Overpriced and not at all fun to drive unless you pay through the nose for that Lexus hybrid. The added cost for hybrid tech is still not worth it. I know the tree huggers all rave about them, but give me a good old american V8 with gobs of power and torque please! Unfortunately I have to get them now because the new cafe laws are killing all the fun cars.

    Posted by not a hippie June 18, 09 03:49 PM
  1. Posted by not a hippie June 18, 09 03:49 PM
    "good old american V8 with gobs of power and torque please! "

    What good is all that power and torque when you can not use it. Oh let me guess you always break the speed limit law, criminal!

    BTW if anyone thinks McInsane is waiting for a hybrid I have land in Florida I will sell you really cheap

    Posted by Thanos73 June 18, 09 04:07 PM

  1. Lets see the hybrid Fusion starts at $27k while the Prius starts $22k, um Ford loses again.

    Posted by Thanos73 June 18, 09 04:21 PM
  1. Wow, the most interesting point of the story wasn't even investigated further... the Motorola Brick phone that Sen McCain bought in 1990 can sent tweets....

    Posted by D Patrick June 19, 09 06:17 AM
  1. FYI, the Fusion Hybrid is a midsized vehicle while the Prius is a subcompact. The Fusion blows the Prius out of the water in most catagories and with features you can't get in a Prius. I don't care if the Prius starts at $5/grand less or $10/grand less. I can't sit in a Prius. With the Fusion, you can fit 4 adults comfortably and plenty of room in the trunk to boot. The Fusion will outhandle, outride, outperform the Prius. From my perspective as an auto enthusiast the choice of choosing a Fusion Hybrid over a Prius is a no-brainer.

    Posted by gtessex June 19, 09 08:22 AM
  1. SENATOR JOHN McCAIN now shares 2 out of 3 with me . 1-VIET NAM VET 2- both own the car of the future an enjoy it too. the FORD 2010 FUSION . What a awesome high tech car an ride an comfort surpassES an import . Now if we could get the 3rd match a DEMOCRAT.semper -fi

    Posted by RALPH L COLANGIONE June 19, 09 09:50 AM
  1. I just got a Nissan Altima hybrid and it ROCKS. To me, the Prius is just too small. I hope McCain enjoys his new car. The hybrid is perfect if you live in the city, you're on electric much of the time.
    Incidentally the Altima hybrid is built in Tennessee, altho above is correct the batteries are imported.

    Posted by CRuss June 19, 09 10:45 AM
  1. Publicity stunt. John McCain does not drive himself anywhere.

    Posted by Reader June 19, 09 12:37 PM
  1. As for the comment:

    "Not much to be proud of. It's built outside of this country using previous generation Toyota technology. But whatever."

    That is completely false! The hybrid technology in the 2010 Fusion Hybrid is from Ford, not Toyota. Ford has developed a no-compromise Hybrid. What's with all the haters??? Fuel Efficiency, Roominess, Technology, Driving Dynamics, Interior Quietness. All in there! The Prius is in a different segment than the Fusion. The better comparison is against the Camry Hybrid, which the Fusion Hybrid beats by 8 mpg in the city!
    As for manufacturing, Ford is a global company that determines the best use of its global resources and capacity. In the end, the profit comes to the USA. Where do Toyota's profits go?
    Ford has been doing major investment in its products and they are hitting the road now. Fusion, F150, Taurus, Mustang, Flex and the up-coming Fiesta. Do some research before going off on your tirades! Go test drive a Fusion Hybrid or other Ford vehicle and then form your opinion.

    Posted by Ford_Fan June 23, 09 11:46 AM
  1. #19, Ford Fan, has the right comment. The armchair critics have to actually have some fun and get out to drive a Fusion Hybrid. It is easily worth the extra money and slightly higher fuel use compared to the Prius. I read numerous reviews, all very positive, before I went to the dealer, and found the car to be worthy of its reviews. It was an easy decision to purchase the car, and our enthusiasm for it continues to grow.

    Posted by Sowell Disciple September 7, 09 03:39 AM

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