The 2013 Ford Fusion was named Green Car Journal's 2013 Green Car of… (Ford )
The 2013 line of Ford Fusion vehicles was named this year's Green Car of the Year on Thursday morning at the L.A. Auto Show.
The sedan was chosen by Green Car Journal for its low petroleum use, low carbon dioxide emissions and its pricing, which the publication said can lead to the kind of sales "that can truly influence environmental improvement." The Fusion starts at $21,700.
The 2013 Fusion is available with various engine options, including a gasoline-powered model, a 47-mpg hybrid and plug-in hybrid called the "Energi" that gets the equivelant of 100 mpg.
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"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."
For the award, the Ford vehicle beat out four other nominees: the Dodge Dart Aero, the Ford C-MAX, the Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV and the Toyota Prius C.
Last year, the award went to the Honda Civic Natural Gas, and the previous year, the Chevrolet Volt.
The vehicle was chosen by a panel of judges made up of enviromental and auto experts that includes the director of the Sierra Club, Jacques Cousteau's eldest son and Jay Leno.
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