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Ford Fusion wins ‘Green Car of the Year’ title

Los Angeles — The auto industry’s "greenest" car was reclaimed by a Detroit automaker.

Ford Motor Co.’s all-new Fusion on Thursday won Green Car Journal’s "Green Car of the Year" at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Fusion beat out the Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-Max, Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV and the Toyota Prius c.

It is the eighth consecutive year that Green Car Journal has recognized a "Green Car" of the year. Previous winners include the compressed natural gas-powered Honda Civic in 2011 and the range extended plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt in 2010.

The Fusion comes with multiple internal combustion engine options, and as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid model.

Both the Dart Aero and Mazda CX-5 are conventionally powered, internal combustion vehicles. The Prius c is a hybrid-only vehicle. The C-Max comes as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid.

Ford’s Fusion has a base price of $21,700; the hybrid model, which gets a combined 47 miles per gallon, starts at $27,200. The C-Max hybrid, which also gets a combined 47 miles per gallon, starts at $25,200. Both Fusion and C-Max are available as plug-in hybrids, too, and both achieve 100 miles per gallon equivalent or better.

The Prius c, which gets 53 miles per gallon in the city and 46 on the highway, has a base price of $18,950.

The Dart, at a base price of $15,995, gets 25 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway.

The CX-5 gets 26 city miles per gallon and 35 highway miles per gallon at a base price of $20,995.

The winner was selected by a jury of environmental leaders, including Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, Ocean Futures Society President Jean-Michel Cousteau, Global Green USA President Matt Petersen, "Tonight Show" host and auto enthusiast Jay Leno, and Green Car Journal staff.

By Karl Henkel
Nov-29-2012|The Detroit News

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