Ford Fusion Named Green Car Journal's 2013 Green Car of the Year at LA Auto Show

 Ford Fusion Named Green Car Journal's 2013 Green Car of the Year at LA Auto
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  PR Newswire

  LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2012

- Three Approaches to Driving 'Green' and Mass-Market Appeal Help Cinch Win

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion has
been named Green Car Journal's 2013 Green Car of the Year® at the LA Auto
Show. The Fusion emerged on top of an exceptional field of finalists including
the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-MAX, Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV and the Toyota Prius
c.

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Green Car of the Year honors are reserved for production vehicles on sale by
Jan. 1 of the award year. Nominees are exemplary in that they forward
environmental performance in meaningful and quantifiable ways while also
presenting an accessible choice to enough consumers to make a real impact on
the environment. The groundbreaking 2013 Ford Fusion not only significantly
reduces petroleum use, CO2 emissions and overall environmental impact, but is
priced to encourage the kind of sales volume that can truly influence
environmental improvement.

"We are very honored that the all-new Ford Fusion has been recognized as the
Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal," said David Mondragon, Ford
general marketing manager. "From EcoBoost to hybrid and plug-in hybrid
offerings, the new Fusion is delivering best-in-class fuel economy all wrapped
in a dynamic package."

Ford's all-new Fusion exhibits a stunning design and Top Safety Pick rating
from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, plus an affordable point of
entry at just $21,700. Importantly, the 2013 Ford Fusion breaks new ground
with five diverse powerplant choices, among them three efficient gasoline
internal combustion engines including two with EcoBoost technology, a 47 mpg
hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid that's expected to top 100 mpg equivalent.

Powering the base model is a 175 horsepower, 2.5-liter engine that's EPA rated
at up to 34 mpg on the highway. Making use of Ford's advanced EcoBoost
technology that combines direct gasoline injection and turbocharging, the
Fusion's 178 horsepower, 1.6-liter powerplant achieves up to 37 highway mpg,
with the more powerful 240 horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine netting 33
mpg highway estimates. The Fusion hybrid provides a combined 188 horsepower
with notable 47 mpg fuel efficiency across the board, while allowing travel at
up to 62 mph on electric power alone. Fusion Energi capitalizes on Ford's
excellent hybrid powertrain, adding plug-in charging capability and up to 20
miles of all-electric range, with hundreds of additional miles available on
gasoline-electric hybrid power.

"The 2013 Ford Fusion approaches the market with a 'game-on' attitude," said
Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange
.com, and president of the nonprofit Green Car Institute. "There's no
overstating the importance of what Ford has done. Many have long envisioned
new car showrooms where a desired model could be purchased with one of many
distinctly different and efficient powertrains, selected to satisfy a buyer's
particular needs and desires."

Electrification is part of this diverse and green vision since driving on
battery power enables zero-emission motoring. But advanced and
highly-efficient internal combustion engine choices with different levels of
'green' performance are also integral to this forward-looking strategy, since
many drivers prefer the familiarity and affordability of gasoline powered
vehicles. The 2013 Ford Fusion leads the way toward a new generation of
advanced vehicles with its diverse portfolio of clean and efficient power
choices, along with its suite of advanced electronics, desirability, and buyer
accessibility.

A jury comprised of the nation's top environmental leaders including Natural
Resources Defense Council president Frances Beinecke, Sierra Club executive
director Michael Brune, Ocean Futures Society president Jean-Michel Cousteau,
and Global Green USA president Matt Petersen, plus Tonight Show host and auto
enthusiast Jay Leno and Green Car Journal staff select the 2013 Green Car of
the Year through a majority vote.

About the Los Angeles Auto Show As the first major North American auto show of
the season, the 2012 LA Auto Show will host some of the industry's most
important new vehicle debuts and set the tone for the rest of the year. To
receive the latest show news and information, follow the LA Auto Show on
Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow, visit the Facebook page at
facebook.com/LosAngelesAutoShow and sign up for alerts at LAAutoShow.com.

About Green Car of the Year The GCOY award is an important part of Green Car
Journal's mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry.
Since 1992, Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles,
energy, and environment, first with an industry newsletter and then with an
award-winning auto enthusiast magazine. Today, the magazine is considered the
premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced
technology, and alternative fuel vehicles. Many Green Car Journal features are
also carried online at CarsOfChange.com . The nonprofit Green Car Institute
pursues a tangential mission of research and education to promote cleaner and
more efficient transportation. Green Car of the Year® is a registered
trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.

Website: http://www.laautoshow.com
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