Ford Fusion named Motor Trend car of the year

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - November 18, 2009

The Ford Fusion is Motor Trend magazine's car of the year.

The 2010 Fusion beat out 22 competitors, including the redesigned Toyota Prius, the BMW 7-Series and the Chevrolet Camaro.

Motor Trend says the mid-size Fusion offers good performance, comfort and fuel-efficiency.

It praised Ford Motor Co. for offering several versions of the Fusion, including a fuel-efficient hybrid and a sporty version with a V-6 engine.

The magazine chooses the car of the year after extensive road testing.

To compete, cars had to be new or significantly upgraded for the 2010 model year.

The Fusion also got high reliability scores in the most recent rankings from Consumer Reports and was the top-selling car made by a Detroit automaker through October.

U.S. Fusion sales were up 15 percent in the first 10 months of this year, to 148,045, despite a 25 percent drop in overall car sales.

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