One of the highlights of the redesigned Ford Fusion that will debut in less than two weeks is the new hybrid model. The new Fusions, along with the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ, will start production in December shortly after the LA Auto Show at Ford's Hermosillo, Mexico assembly plant. In spite of that, it won't be readily available just yet. Unfortunately, it appears that people hoping to snap up one of the 38 mpg mid-sized sedans may have to wait awhile because there are too many of the current 2008 and 2009 models still sitting unsold on Ford dealer lots. Automotive News is reporting that the Hermosillo factory will go on a one month shutdown in January just weeks after starting production of the new models. That time will be used to sell down the old models. Dealers typically like to have a 60 day supply of cars on the lot, but there are currently 120 days worth of Fusions, 150 days of the Milan and enough of the MKZ to last 229 days. That all means we probably won't find Fusion and Milan hybrids for sale until about March.

Which of the Green Car of the year finalists would you choose?
BMW 335d287 (5.7%)
Ford Fusion hybrid3329 (65.8%)
Saturn Vue 2 Mode hybrid382 (7.6%)
Smart ForTwo294 (5.8%)
Volkswagen Jetta TDI766 (15.1%)

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]