Ford Fusion Hybrid win Car and Transit Connect wins Truck of the Year

11Jan

DETROIT — The Ford Fusion Hybrid was named the North American Car of the Year today while Ford’s Transit Connect picked up Truck of the Year accolades in a poll of journalists.

The Fusion Hybrid topped car finalists Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf. The Transit Connect came out on top over the Chevrolet Equinox and Subaru Outback.

In the 17 years for the awards, U.S.-based automakers have taken home the car trophy nine times. European companies have won four times, Japanese three and South Korea’s Hyundai once.

In the truck category, domestics have claimed the crown 11 times, followed by four for Japanese makes and two for Europeans.

Last year, the Hyundai Genesis won car of the year, and the Ford F-150 pickup was honored as the top truck.

Hybrids, which have been becoming increasingly more popular, now have won five honors. More than 50 vehicles were considered this year.

Automotive News is represented on the 49-member voting panel by Executive Editor Edward Lapham.

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[Shawn Wright, Automotive News]

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