Los Angeles – The Ford Fusion has been named Motor Trend’s 2010 Car of the Year. The 2010 edition marks the award’s 60th year, the longest-standing editorial automotive award of its time.

“There has never been a more turbulent backdrop to the Motor Trend Car of the Year in its 60-year history,” said editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie. “We have experienced seismic shifts in the global automotive industry landscape with iconic corporations going bankrupt, new model programs being cancelled, and OEMs killing off entire brands.”

Despite the economic turmoil, the industry still produced a large field of 23 new or significantly-improved vehicles launched in the U.S., all of which were evaluated by the magazine’s editors.

According to the evaluators, the Fusion offers a “sweep across one of the market’s more hotly-contested segments,” and is “a better, smarter, nicer, comfier and greener car than its predecessor.”

Other contenders were the BMW 7 Series and Z4; Buick LaCrosse; Chevrolet Camaro; Ford Mustang, Taurus, and Taurus SHO; Honda Insight; Hyundai Genesis Coupe; Kia Forte Koup and Soul; Lexus HS 250h; Mazda3; Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and E-Class Sedan; Nissan 370Z; Nissan Cube; Porsche Panamera; Subaru Legacy; Suzuki Kizashi; Toyota Prius; and Volkswagen Golf, GTI, and Routan.

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