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.
"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."