Yesterday, November 29th, Ford’s 2013 Fusion was named the Green Car of the Year at the L.A. Auto Show.
Green Car Journal has chosen the model for its low carbon dioxide emissions, low piecing and low petroleum use. The Fusion’s price starts at $21,700 and the publication believes that the car can “truly influence environmental improvement.”
The 2013 Ford Fusion comes with various engine options, such as a 47-mpg hybrid, a gasoline-powered model and a plug-in hybrid called the “Energi.” The model managed to surpass other nominees such as the Ford C-MAX, the Toyota Prius C, the Dodge Dart Aero and the Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV.
“This is a great testament for Ford,” said David Mondragon, Ford general marketing manager, upon acceptance of the award. “We’ve moved our brand from laggards to leaders in fuel economy.”
In 2011 the award was offered to the Honda Civic Natural Gas and in 2010 to the Chevrolet Volt. Each year the vehicles are chosen by a panel of judges made up of auto and environmental experts, including the director of the Sierra Club, Jacques Cousteau’s eldest son and Jay Leno.
“It won by virtue of the fact that it offers an array of choices,” said Ron Cogan, editor of Green Car Journal, after announcing the award during the LA Auto Show yesterday. “This is huge.”