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U.S. automaker Ford wins two prestigious awards

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Ford Motor Company won the two major awards at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today. The U.S. automaker’s sweep is a milestone. It’s only the third time in 17 years that a single automaker has captured both awards.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid won the car of the year award and the Ford Transit Connect snagged the truck award. The awards are great marketing tools. Last year’s winners became hot sellers, according to Reuters. In a press release, Ford crowed about the prestigious awards and boasted that the Ford Fusion Hybrid gets an estimated 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The Ford Transit gets a reported 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.


Here are some other awards and accolades collected by the hot Ford Fusion Hybrid:

  • MOTOR TREND Car of the Year Award
  • One of CAR and DRIVER Magazine’s “10 Best” Cars for 2010
  • One of AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s 2010 All-Stars
  • 2009 “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • 2009 Ward’s Interior of the Year Special Achievement Award for Best Graphic Display for SmartGauge with EcoGuide digital instrument cluster
  • Great Car for the Long-haul Salesman by Kelley Blue Book
  • One of America’s Top 40 New Cars by MOTOR TREND magazine
  • 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
  • One of 2009 Top 10 Green Cars by Kelley Blue Book
  • 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
  • Awards and accolades for the Ford Transit Connect include:

  • 2010 Editors Choice for Vans by CAR and DRIVER Magazine
  • Detroit Free Press 2010 Truck of the Year
  • 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

    The only downside to this, both vehicles were built outside of the country. Now, if Ford and the other two struggling Detroit automakers can import what worked with these two vehicles to their U.S. plants — then we could really be looking at a recovery for the American Car Industry.  By the way, Ford was the only one of the big three not to file bankruptcy last year or grab a chunk of that $120 billion government bailout. It might be a good idea for General Motors and Chrysler to check out Ford’s business model as well.

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