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2013 Ford Fusion branded as 'new face' of Ford

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(Read caption) The 2013 Ford Fusion. The Fusion debuted at the Detroit Auto Show this month.

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Ford this week took the wraps off its new flagship sedan, the 2013 Ford Fusion – a car, according to reports, that Ford hopes to position as the "the new face" of the company. The original Ford Fusion, of course, debuted in the States back in 2005, and subsequently underwent several makeovers, including the one that yielded the streamlined (and critically acclaimed) 2012 Fusion.

For 2013, the Fusion has been redesigned and reconfigured again, and executed with what Mike Spinelli of Jalopnik calls "some very Aston Martin-like design tropes."

"Up close, the Fusion is a classy, if conservative bit of European-style metal shaping, which stands in sharp contrast to Toyota's latest attempt at tugging sedan buyers' emo centers by going more avant garde with its body edges," Spinelli writes. That "aforementioned Aston-Martin-like design trope"? Definitely the gaping front grille, which does bear a subtle similarity to the grille on the Virage and the One-77.

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