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Ford Sweeps N.A. Car and Truck of the Year Awards

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Company scored a historic doubleheader today, capturing both the North American Car of the Year and North

American Truck of the Year awards for the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2010 Ford Transit Connect, respectively, at the North American

International Auto Show (NAIAS). It is only the third time in 17 years that one manufacturer has won both titles.

“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 The Americas.

The North American Car and Truck of the Year awards recognize vehicles based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling,

driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. 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 award.

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 recognition as North American Car (or Truck) of the Year. It also is the second

hybrid win for Ford – the most hybrid wins for any automaker. 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 – the most wins of any automaker in the 17-year history of the awards program. It also

is the second year in a row that Ford has captured the title. Last year, top honors went to the 2009 Ford F-150.

     Fusion Hybrid a winner out of the gate

The North American Car of the Year award is the latest in an impressive string of awards and accolades for the Fusion Hybrid. Most

recently, the vehicle was honored as CAR and DRIVER Magazine’s “10Best” Cars for 2010, one of AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s 2010 All-

Stars, and the entire Fusion lineup captured the acclaimed MOTOR TREND Car of the Year® award.

The all-new Fusion Hybrid arrived in dealers in March, complete with a powertrain system that combines the best attributes of the

gasoline engine and electric battery-driven motors to deliver the optimal experience for the customer in terms of driving performance and

fuel economy.

The Fusion Hybrid also offers drivers a way to be more connected to the hybrid driving experience thanks to Ford’s SmartGauge™ with

EcoGuide, a unique instrument cluster execution that helps coach them on how to optimize the performance of their hybrid.

Other class-exclusive technologies and features that set the Fusion Hybrid apart from the competition include Blind Spot Information

System (BLIS®), Ford SYNC®, SIRIUS Travel Link™ and more total passenger and luggage capacity than the Toyota Camry.

Despite the slump in overall industry sales, 2009 was a record-breaking year for the Ford Fusion. Sales are at an all-time high, with the

Fusion Hybrid accounting for almost 20 percent of total Fusion retail sales. Perhaps even more significant, more than 60 percent of Fusion

Hybrid sales have been to customers coming from import brands – mostly Toyota and Honda.
Awards and accolades for the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid include

One of CAR and DRIVER Magazine’s “10Best” Cars for 2010

One of AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s 2010 All-Stars

2009 “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Rated the No. 1 Hybrid Family Sedan by CAR and DRIVER in a recent comparison test by the magazine

2009 and 2010 Editors Choice for Fuel Sipper by CAR and DRIVER Magazine

Best Hybrid for the Money in the Midsize Car segment by cars.com

One of 2009 Top 10 Green Cars by Kelley Blue Book kbb.com

The Detroit News Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Value”

2010 Consumers Digest Best Buy

Detroit Free Press 2010 Car of the Year

2010 Most Environmentally Progressive Car of the Year by Earth, Wind & Power

10 Best Engine by Ward’s Auto World

The Transit Connect was brought to the U.S. to fulfill the unmet needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs, offering them a new

vehicle choice with significantly improved fuel economy, generous and accessible cargo space, and the agility and maneuverability to

operate in crowded urban areas.

Powered by a 2.0-liter I-4 engine with a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission, the

Transit Connect offers double the fuel economy of full-size vans, delivering an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The Transit Connect also has more than double the cargo-carrying capacity of the Chevrolet HHR Panel, making it suitable for a broader

range of commercial-use applications. And it offers commercial users a cargo payload of up to 1,600 pounds – a larger payload than the

full-size Dodge Ram 1500 standard-cab short-box pickup truck.

The Transit Connect also is available with the industry-exclusive Ford Work Solutions™, a suite of affordable technologies that provides

customers with connectivity, flexibility, visibility and security to better run key aspects of their business.

On Transit Connect, Ford Work Solutions delivers three innovative features:

also allows customers to print invoices, check inventories and access documents stored on their home or office computer networks right on

the job site.

A wireless in-dash computer that provides full high-speed Internet access, Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calling and navigation. The system

the tools or equipment.

Tool Link™, a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) asset tracking system that enables customers to maintain detailed real-time inventory of

more efficiently manage their vehicles, quickly dispatch workers to job sites, monitor driver performance for safety and economy, and keep detailed vehicle maintenance records.

2010 Editors Choice for Vans by CAR and DRIVER Magazine

The Detroit News 2010 Truck of the Year

2010 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Award for Best Workhorse Vehicle

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.


 

Detroit Free Press 2010 Truck of the Year

Awards and accolades for the 2010 Ford Transit Connect include:

Crew Chief™, a fleet tracking, telematics and diagnostics system that provides dynamic location and performance data fleet owners need to

 

 

Transit Connect fills unmet needs of small businesses and fleets

 

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