The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid - America's most fuel efficient mid-sized sedan, Ford is quick to point out - is also the most patented car in history, according to a study by a patent analyst.
"Ford's patented technologies are closer to the cutting edge than its competitors," said Christine Wren, director of business development for The Patent Board, which tracks and analyzes patents across seventeen different industries globally.
The Patent Board says that Ford outperformed all other automakers in the quality and significance of its patents, ranking Ford at number one on its Top 10 Innovators in Automotive & Transportation Patent Scorecard for the fourth quarter of 2008.
Some of the patents specific to the Fusion include the hybrid's powertrain system, the "SmartGauge with EcoGuide" instrument cluster, the Blind Spot Information System, and the capless fuel-filler system.
"Ford is using technology to remake our lineup with the green, high-tech vehicles customers want," said Ford's Group Vice President of Global Product Development Derrick Kuzak. "The Fusion Hybrid team set the bar high - to develop America's most fuel efficient mid-sized sedan - and that's what they delivered."
Bill Coughlin, president and CEO of Ford Global Technologies, says of Ford's patent research aspirations: "We focus on getting high-quality patents that have the best breakthrough potential for the company."