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
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
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