Daily News Briefs: July 3, 2012

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When the 2013 Ford Fusion goes on sale, it will start at $22,495, including a $795 destination fee. That’s nearly $1,000 more than a 2012 Fusion, but there’s more equipment here, such as a standard automatic transmission. The 2013 Fusion is still more affordable than a 2012 Toyota Camry ($22,815) and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ($23,150). The Fusion will be available in S, SE and Titanium trims, and three different four-cylinder engines will be available along with automatic or manual transmissions and front- or all-wheel drive, depending on the powertrain. There will also be a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The Fusion goes on sale later this fall.

In other news:

  • Fiat is preparing to increase its stake in Chrysler Group from 58.5% to 61.8%, according to Bloomberg. Fiat has expressed its intention to buy 100% of Chrysler in the not-too-distant future. 
  • Forward-collision warning systems and adaptive headlight systems can reduce the number of car crashes, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute as reported by Bloomberg. Forward-collision warning systems can reduce accidents by as much as 14%, according to the institute. The agency also reports that adaptive headlights, which turn to help drivers see around curves, reduce multiple-vehicle crashes by around 10%. However, the study also found that lane departure warning systems increase the risk of accidents. 
  • After GM moved to stop advertising on Facebook — the carmaker stopped buying ads from the social network in May — there’s now word that GM will eat crow and resume advertising on the site, according to Bloomberg

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