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Ford Fusion wins 2013 Green Car of Year award

Published on Nov 30, 2012 7:01 AM
David Mondragon, General Manager of US marketing for Ford Motor Company, accepts the award for Green Car of the Year from Ron Cogan (left). -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Ford Motor Co, which has emphasised boosting the fuel economy of its lineup to attract car buyers, won a top "green car" award for its Fusion midsize sedan, making it the least expensive model yet to earn the title.

In the past, sales of green vehicles have been hampered by their relatively high price tags.

The Fusion, which starts at US$21,700 (S$26,500) for the gas-powered base model, won because it is offered in a wide range of powertrains, said Ron Cogan, editor of Green Car Journal, which gives out the annual award to recognise leadership in cutting emissions.

"It won by virtue of the fact that it offers an array of choices," Mr Cogan said after announcing the award during the LA Auto Show on Thursday. "This is huge."

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