Ford’s Fusion Hybrid has taken the first annual Canadian Green Car of the Year trophy, awarded by the Automobile Journalists of Canada. The U.S. automaker’s Canada product marketing manager, Steve Ross, noted that Ford was extremely honored to accept the first such award by AJOC, in a competition that rates entrants based upon not only clean emissions and fuel economy but also the amount of recycled materials used in a car. In addition, carmakers who build vehicles in green assembly facilities are given credit for that achievement as well. All those factors are tallied up for each car in order to decide on a winner.
To see a short clip of the official ceremony, in which the Ford Fusion Hybrid took home Canada’s Green Car of the Year award, see the video above. The car has made a name for itself in Canada and elsewhere as a fuel economy workhorse, boasting 47/47 mpg ratings along with plenty of high-tech safety features. Though aesthetic design is not part of the judging criteria, the Fusion Hybrid has won rave reviews in consumer surveys for its attractive styling.
Other finalists in this year’s Green Car of the Year contest included Mazda3, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, Hyundai’s Sonata Hybrid, and Ford’s other entry, the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder hybrid engine features CVT, navigation system, stability control, traction control, Bluetooth, iPod connection, and satellite radio. The SE trim level starts at $27,200 in the U.S.
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