The greenest car of the year is also the latest version of one of the best sellers in the U.S.: the 2013 Ford Fusion.
The redesigned midsize car was named Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new version of the Fusion — a regular on the list of Top 10 selling vehicles in the U.S. — was named on the basis of the fuel efficiency of its long list of powertrain options, including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid electrified models, as well as its gas-saving turbocharged 1.6- and 2.0-liter small (for a midsize car) gasoline engine models.
Sales popularity also was one of the factors that pushed it to the win, said Ron Cogan, publisher of the Green Car Journal which created the annual award that is presented at the L.A. show. That’s because it will have more impact on energy and oil use than a “greener,” but niche vehicle.
“It will make a big impact,” he said at the awards ceremony.
The other finalists for the award were the Dodge Dart’s high-mileage Aero model, the Ford C-Max hybrid and plug-in hybrid vans, Mazda CX-5 SUV with Skyactiv technology and the new Toyota Prius C subcompact hybrid.