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Green Car of Year for 2013 Awarded to Ford Fusion

Ford was awarded the top “green car” prize for its midsize sedan the Fusion

December 1, 2012 – Ford in recent years has emphasized the importance of improving fuel efficiency in its lineup of vehicles. On Thursday, the automaker was awarded the top “green car” prize for its midsize sedan the Fusion. The model is offered in plug-in hybrid, hybrid and gas-powered versions.

The broad range of different powertrains is what won the Green Car of the Year award at the current Auto Show in Los Angeles. The Green Car Journal gives the award for the leadership by an automaker in reducing the amount of tailpipe emissions. Winners who have won previously include the Chevrolet Volt a plug-in and the Honda Civic a gas powered vehicle.

The auto industry has done a great deal to shift the focus on improving the fuel economy on vehicles, hybrids such as the Volt or the Prius from Toyota will account for fewer than 3% of all new auto sales in the U.S. at the end of this year. Electric car sales like the Volt and Leaf by Nissan are lagging behind expectations, even despite the high prices of gasoline. That in part is due to the high cost of batteries that give them power and because today’s normal combustible engines get much better gas mileage than previously.

The gas powered version of the Fusion gets 34 mpg on the highway and its hybrid version is 47 mpg on the highway. The Fusion Energi, the plug in version has 20 miles range for all electric use, with an electric/gasoline hybrid backup powertrain.

For 2011 models across the board at Ford the average miles per gallon is 21.3, up from the 2006 models, which were 18 mpg. The average for the industry in 2011 was 22.8 mpg.

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