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Ford Motor Company is bringing a test fleet of electrified vehicles to China later this year, including the Fusion hybrid.

“We are proud and delighted to show these groundbreaking Ford products and technologies for the first time in Asia,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford’s Asia Pacific and Africa region and chairman and CEO of Ford Motor China.

“Given China’s great history of supporting the development of sustainably-powered cars and powertrains, Auto Shanghai 2011 is the ideal platform to unveil some of the energy efficient vehicles, technologies, capabilities and strategies that Ford is looking to introduce to this region in the future.”

A new concept vehicle – a sleeker, more stylish and sportier Ford SUV of the future, will be unveiled for the first time in Asia at the auto show. Ford’s industry-leading features and technologies such as the new SYNC with MyFord Touch driver connect technology will also feature prominently.

Among the 17 models Ford is bringing to the show is the Focus Electric, a battery-powered version of its popular compact that can be recharged in four hours. Also on display will be the C-Max plug-in hybrid, which can go 500 miles (800 kilometers) on one charge.

“With China aiming to go green on the road with new-energy vehicles, the country is the perfect platform to showcase Ford’s advanced technologies in the electrification plan,” Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford’s Asia-Pacific and African operations, said in a statement.