2013 Ford Fusion wins Green Car of the Year award at 2012 LA Auto Show (Video)

By on Nov 30, 2012 in Automobile, United States Comments

The 2013 Ford Fusion wins the Green Car of the Year award at 2012 LA Auto Show, as shown in the video below, on Thursday, November 29, 2012, as named by Green Car Journal during its annual announcement. The finalists are those reserved for production vehicles on sale by Jan. 1 of the award year.

2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Ford Fusion
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As noted in the press release by the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, all the nominees are commendable in the way that they promote environmental performance in significant and proven ways while also presenting an accessible choice to sufficient consumers to make a real impact on the environment.

“This is a great testament for Ford. We’ve moved our brand from laggards to leaders in fuel economy.” David Mondragon, Ford general marketing manager, said while accepting the award for Ford Fusion, which beat four other finalists including Ford C-Max, Dodge Dart Aero, Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv, and Toyota Prius C.

“We are very honored that the all-new Ford Fusion has been recognized as the Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal. From EcoBoost to hybrid and plug-in hybrid offerings, the new Fusion is delivering best-in-class fuel economy all wrapped in a dynamic package.” Mondragon added.

“The 2013 Ford Fusion approaches the market with a ‘game-on’ attitude,” Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com and president of the nonprofit Green Car Institute, was quoted in the press release. The winner was picked by a panel of judges made up of environmental and auto experts.

“There’s no overstating the importance of what Ford has done. Many have long envisioned new car showrooms where a desired model could be purchased with one of many distinctly different and efficient powertrains, selected to satisfy a buyer’s particular needs and desires.” Cogan added.

The newly redesigned Ford Fusion is being offered with three different engines: the gas-electric hybrid, the plug-in hybrid and the gasoline-powered model; with the price of the base model price starting at at $21,700, which is a 175 horsepower, 2.5-liter engine that’s EPA rated at up to 34 mpg on the highway.

The 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid model, which was rated at 47 mpg over all, will accelerate to 62 mph on electric power alone, and provides a combined 188 horsepower. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid can travel up to 20 miles on electricity alone, with hundreds of additional miles available on gasoline-electric hybrid power.

The Honda Civic GX Natural Gas was Green Car of the Year award winner last year and Chevrolet Volt won in 2010. Previous winners include 2010 Audi A3 TDI, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid, and the 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid.

OptiGreen Car of the Year award announcement at the 2012 LA Auto Show
Video Credit: losangelesautoshow/YouTube

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