When Ford launched the 2013 Fusion, it brought CEO Alan Mulally and Ryan Seacrest to the Times Square event, a clear sign it had high hopes for its entry in the highly competitive midsize sedan market.
Under the Fusion's hood is Ford's new EcoBoost, the small but efficient engine on which Ford is pinning its hopes for future success.
The engine is already in more than 500,000 vehicles, and is used in 11 cars, including the Escape and C-Max.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show yesterday, those hopes got a boost: The Fusion was named Green Car Journal's 2013 Green Car of the Year.
Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com, and president of the nonprofit Green Car Institute, said:
The 2013 Ford Fusion approaches the market with a 'game-on' attitude. There's no overstating the importance of what Ford has done.
Many have long envisioned new car showrooms where a desired model could be purchased with one of many distinctly different and efficient powertrains, selected to satisfy a buyer's particular needs and desires.
We drove the Fusion Hybrid in September, and were really impressed, especially by the 47 mpg figure for city, highway, and combined driving.
Green Car Journal is a quarterly magazine in publication since 1992, and has been called a "source of real authority, dispassion, and integrity" by Dan Neil of the LA Times.
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