2010 Ford Fusion SE four-cylinder
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2010 Ford Fusion SE four-cylinder (top); 2010 Ford Transit Connect. Click image to enlarge

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Detroit, Michigan – The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2010 Ford Transit Connect were named North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year respectively this morning at a ceremony during the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  It is only the third time in 17 years that one manufacturer has won both awards.

“Winning both of these prestigious awards is confirmation that the “ONE” Ford plan is working, delivering industry-leading products for our customers,” said Mark Fields, president of Ford of The Americas.

A jury of 49 automotive journalists in the United States and Canada vote for the vehicles, which must be “all-new” or “substantially changed” from the previous model to qualify for the awards.

The Fusion Hybrid edged out finalists including the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf/GTI to win the North American Car of the Year award. It is the fourth hybrid vehicle in 17 years to win the award. It also is the second hybrid win for Ford – the Ford Escape Hybrid was named North American Truck of the Year in 2005.

The Transit Connect bested finalists including the Chevrolet Equinox and Subaru Outback to win the North American Truck of the Year award. It is the sixth Ford truck to win the award – it also is the second year in a row that Ford has captured the title. Last year, top honours went to the 2009 Ford F-150.

The fuel-efficient gasoline-electric Fusion Hybrid sedan has received numerous other awards this year including one of Car and Driver’s “10Best” Cars, one of Automobile Magazine’s 2010 All-Stars,  Consumer’s Digest Best Buy, one of America’s Top 40 cars by Motor Trend, one of Ward’s Ten Best Engines, and the entire Fusion lineup earned the Motor Trend Car of the Year award, and was one of Autos’s Top Picks for 2010. 

The 2010 Fusion Hybrid is built at Ford’s Hermosillo plant in Mexico.

The Ford Transit Connect offers double the fuel economy of full-size vans and more than double the cargo-carrying capacity of the compact Chevrolet HHR Panel.  It offers commercial users a cargo payload of up to 726 kg (1,600 lbs) – a larger payload than the full-size Dodge Ram 1500 standard-cab short-box pickup truck.

The Ford Transit Connect was also named 2010 Editors Choice for Vans by Car and Driver Magazine, 2010 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Award for Best Workhorse Vehicle, Detroit Free Press 2010 Truck of the Year, the Detroit News 2010 Truck of the Year, and A Great Car for the Small Business Delivery/Utility Worker by Kelley Blue Book kbb.com.

The 2010 Ford Transit Connect is built at the Ford Otosan Kocaeli Plant in Kocaeli, Turkey.

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