The 2013 Ford Fusion has captured the title as Green Car of the Year at a ceremony today in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show.
"We've moved our brand from laggard to leader in fuel economy," said Dave Mondragon, Ford general marketing manager, in accepting the award.
"It's a great testament to our brand," Mondragon said.
This is the eighth year of the award presented by the Green Car Journal.
"The 2013 Ford Fusion approaches the market with a 'game-on' attitude," said Ron Cogan, publisher of the Green Car Journal.
The Fusion has five powertrain choices including two EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline engines with direct injection as well as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid.
"Many have long envisioned new car showrooms where a desired model could be purchased with one of many distinctly different and efficient powertrains," Cogan said.
This year's finalists were notable because Detroit automakers outnumbered their Japanese competitors.
The five included the Ford Fusion and C-Max, Dodge Dart, Toyota Prius C and Mazda CX-5.
All are mass-market vehicles.
The awards also showed the diversity of technology on the market today to improve fuel economy. The only thing missing was any diesels.
The Dart and CX-5 achieve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions with their latest gasoline engines designed to compete with hybrids. The Prius C is part of the growing family of hybrids from the industry's undisputed hybrid leader.
Ford offers the C-Max as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid.
Last year's winner was the Honda Civic Natural Gas. The only Detroit-based finalist was the Ford Focus Electric.
Two years ago, the Chevrolet Volt took home the award.
This year's L.A. Auto Show was peppered with new fuel-efficient vehicles including an electric Chevrolet Spark and Fiat 500 as well as hybrids and plug-in hybrids.
And many automakers showed vehicles with clean diesels that will be sold in North America.
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