After three years that saw a diesel, a plug-in and a natural gas vehicle win Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year award, the Ford Fusion won the title this year at the start of the second day of the LA Auto Show. The Fusion was nominated in part because it has a variety of powertrain options: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and an EcoBoost gas engine.

The other 2013 finalists included the Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-Max, Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv and Toyota Prius C. For what it's worth, the C-Max won the informal Autoblog/AutoblogGreen poll for 2013 with 31.5 percent of the vote. The official votes were tallied by a panel of judges of "the nation's top environmental leaders," car freaks like Jay Leno and the GCJ staff. GCJ's Ron Cogan said the winner was chose by majority vote.

Cogan also said that the award (and his magazine) have never been about vehicles that eke out mileage gains by stripping away the joy of driving. The method by which the five finalists are chosen is somewhat shrouded in mystery, but the Tesla Model S was left off the list due to its high price and the current unavailability of the base model. He said:

The Tesla Model S offers everything, by all reports. What it doesn't offer are things that are crucial to the Green Car Of The Year program, which are different than Motor Trend's Car of the Year or Yahoo Autos. We deal specifically in cars you can buy and buy now and vehicles that are affordable enough that you can buy them. We deal in vehicles that are available in significant enough numbers so you actually have quantifiable emissions reductions and oil displacement. It doesn't have to be a mass produced car in the sense that it's one of the best-selling cars, but it does have to be available. And, right now, the Tesla Model S, as good as it is, is the Signature Series at $95,000 to $105,000. That's not accessible. And the base model is not being delivered.

Last year, the Green Car of the Year winner was the Honda Civic Natural Gas. Previous winners include the Chevrolet Volt (2011), the Audi A3 TDI (2010), the Volkswagen Jetta TDI (2009) and the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (2008).
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Ford Fusion Named Green Car Journal's 2013 Green Car of the Year at LA Auto Show
Three Approaches to Driving 'Green' and Mass-Market Appeal Help Cinch Win


LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion has been named Green Car Journal's 2013 Green Car of the Year® at the LA Auto Show. The Fusion emerged on top of an exceptional field of finalists including the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-MAX, Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV and the Toyota Prius c.

Green Car of the Year honors are reserved for production vehicles on sale by Jan. 1 of the award year. Nominees are exemplary in that they forward environmental performance in meaningful and quantifiable ways while also presenting an accessible choice to enough consumers to make a real impact on the environment. The groundbreaking 2013 Ford Fusion not only significantly reduces petroleum use, CO2 emissions and overall environmental impact, but is priced to encourage the kind of sales volume that can truly influence environmental improvement.

"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," said David Mondragon, Ford general marketing manager. "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."

Ford's all-new Fusion exhibits a stunning design and Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, plus an affordable point of entry at just $21,700. Importantly, the 2013 Ford Fusion breaks new ground with five diverse powerplant choices, among them three efficient gasoline internal combustion engines including two with EcoBoost technology, a 47 mpg hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid that's expected to top 100 mpg equivalent.

Powering the base model is a 175 horsepower, 2.5-liter engine that's EPA rated at up to 34 mpg on the highway. Making use of Ford's advanced EcoBoost technology that combines direct gasoline injection and turbocharging, the Fusion's 178 horsepower, 1.6-liter powerplant achieves up to 37 highway mpg, with the more powerful 240 horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine netting 33 mpg highway estimates. The Fusion hybrid provides a combined 188 horsepower with notable 47 mpg fuel efficiency across the board, while allowing travel at up to 62 mph on electric power alone. Fusion Energi capitalizes on Ford's excellent hybrid powertrain, adding plug-in charging capability and up to 20 miles of all-electric range, with hundreds of additional miles available on gasoline-electric hybrid power.

"The 2013 Ford Fusion approaches the market with a 'game-on' attitude," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com, and president of the nonprofit Green Car Institute. "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."

Electrification is part of this diverse and green vision since driving on battery power enables zero-emission motoring. But advanced and highly-efficient internal combustion engine choices with different levels of 'green' performance are also integral to this forward-looking strategy, since many drivers prefer the familiarity and affordability of gasoline powered vehicles. The 2013 Ford Fusion leads the way toward a new generation of advanced vehicles with its diverse portfolio of clean and efficient power choices, along with its suite of advanced electronics, desirability, and buyer accessibility.

A jury comprised of the nation's top environmental leaders including Natural Resources Defense Council president Frances Beinecke, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, Ocean Futures Society president Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Global Green USA president Matt Petersen, plus Tonight Show host and auto enthusiast Jay Leno and Green Car Journal staff select the 2013 Green Car of the Year through a majority vote.

About the Los Angeles Auto Show
As the first major North American auto show of the season, the 2012 LA Auto Show will host some of the industry's most important new vehicle debuts and set the tone for the rest of the year. To receive the latest show news and information, follow the LA Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow, visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/LosAngelesAutoShow and sign up for alerts at LAAutoShow.com.

About Green Car of the Year
The GCOY award is an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Since 1992, Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment, first with an industry newsletter and then with an award-winning auto enthusiast magazine. Today, the magazine is considered the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles. Many Green Car Journal features are also carried online at CarsOfChange.com. The nonprofit Green Car Institute pursues a tangential mission of research and education to promote cleaner and more efficient transportation. Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congrats Ford.
      Ian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I must say, it's a handsome car
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way too cool.. Definately the best midsize on the market, bar non
      sfseltzer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do you think the government will trade in the Volts that it bought with a subsidity of $10,000 /car with taxpayer monies? I understand that many of them are now in a warehouse. It was rated as a "worst car ever".
        AlexPrime
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sfseltzer
        Hum, surely you mean the best car....most reliable, highest satisfaction owner....
          CAROLINA
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AlexPrime
          I agree Alex I read by Consumer Reports over 90% Volt owners would buy again
        joynerz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sfseltzer
        I didn't catch that report of "worst car ever". Can you share the link?
      MICHAEL
      • 2 Years Ago
      NISSAN NEVER GETS EVEN A MENTION WITH THE LEAF. GREAT CAR!!
        goatcars
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MICHAEL
        The Nissan Leaf ???? Who would buy a car which absolutely guarantees you will be stranded on a busy highway when you encounter a massive traffic jam??? Wake up to reality!!! The Leaf is an excellent 3rd or 4th car , but NOT suitable for everyday use.
          Peter
          • 2 Years Ago
          @goatcars
          Uhm, electric cars don't use energy when they don't move, while gas cars clearly do. But to be fair, running the AC or heater in a traffic jam will cost you range.
        Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MICHAEL
        I tend to buy American cars, not Japanese ones. But I had to give this comment a thumbs up just to cancel out the thumbs down that somebody gave it. Seriously; who gives a thumbs down to a comment that merely wishes that a specific car had been mentioned?
        Jesse Gurr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MICHAEL
        I thought the Leaf was not on the list because it isn't a new or remodeled car. Its been around too long to qualify to get the award. That was part of the rules for determining a winner, it has to be a new model or significantly remodeled.
        hgeorgech
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MICHAEL
        Nissan (aka rust prone Datsun in the good old days) rarely gets a mention anywhere - it simply has very little pizazz and no "gotta get one" factor ... Nissan is well aware of it!
      Chris M
      • 2 Years Ago
      And once again, "Green Car Journal" resumes its annual farce of a "green car of the year" award, though admittedly this year it isn't nearly as absurd as their award to the "Tahoe hybrid". They're also continuing their silly excuses for ignoring Tesla and other EV makers. One wonders what excuse they'll come up with when Tesla starts selling an EV for under $39K, and so does several other companies. It's bound to be entertaining.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris M
        @Chris, "One wonders what excuse they'll come up with when Tesla starts selling an EV for under $39K", Who knows ? When it happens, we'll all know, in the meantime, the Ford Fusion is here and relevant to today !
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris M
        HAHA! The Tahoe... Remind me of those special hybrid parking spots in Massachusetts where a 20 mpg Tahoe parks up front while I have to look for a regular spot in my TDI. I think you'll see the Tesla get it next year, even if it stays at 50k. That's not out of line considering the prices of the Tahoe, the Volt and even the Audi.
          CJ_313
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          The Tahoe is actually rated at 21 MPG, lol.
        Josh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris M
        hahahahahahahaha with time my friend you will come to the same conclusion we all did - Life is nothing but a series of farces. You mean to tell me a $100,000 rich boy w/ a guilt trip toy is the hole that broke the dam for electric cars? Far from it. A next gen fusion plug in w/ even more economies of scale will be the real hero here. As awesome as the Tesla is it's still an expensive PoC.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fusion hybrid gets 47mpg combined - pretty good. The other models get 25-28mpg combined - pretty mediocre.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this thing base price not above $40,000.00?
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it only had a V6 then I'd buy one. I'm looking to get a new car tomorrow and I'm not sure as to what to get. Maybe a V6 Charger or 300 with the 8 Speed auto. Any suggestions?
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        23mpg combined, will have horrible resale value in 5 years.
        atvman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        If you drive a lot of highway, get the V8. My dad has a 300S V6, I have a Charger R/T. On the same freeway trip at the same time, he beat my by .1mpg, no joke. He smokes me in the city though.
      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fair assessment of the Tesla, this Fusion is closer to a Model T than Tesla (like over-hyping journalists are saying over the Model S), and not just because of the badge.
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fusion really cannot be beat. Am I happy with everything stylewise? No. But with all of the options this car offers and the improved quality over the old one(which was well made anyway), I see no reason why this vehicle will not climb the sales charts even further. Unfortunately I will not be buying one for one simple yet important reason to me. The sport package comes in black only interior. I want the two tone interior, but cannot get it with foglights and a spoiler?! Stupid! Fix this and Ill be a customer for a Hybrid.
        Mbukukanyau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jesus!
        Would you consinder changing your name? Its offensive to use the Lord's name like that
          Mike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          Umm i don't think the Lord is the only one given that name last i herd.
          Jesus!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          oops what if* All I want for Christmas is an edit button AB!
          Jesus!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          Im shouting out Jesus' name my friend. And what is my name was Jesus..ya know, hay soos?!
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