Ford Sweeps 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards

By Chris Haak

01.11.2010

2010 Ford Fusion HybridIn an early-morning press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford’s Fusion Hybrid was named the North American Car of the Year, and its Transit Connect was named the North American Truck of the Year.

A jury of 49 automotive journalists voted on the awards this year.  Sadly, none of us from Autosavant was on this year’s jury, but I believe that many of us would have definitely voted for the Fusion Hybrid.  When I reviewed one a few weeks ago, I was impressed by the car’s powertrain integration, fuel economy, and technology.  In particular, Ford’s impressive gauge package in the Fusion Hybrid, its SYNC infotainment and the handling that is superior to nearly all other hybrids on the market.

The Transit Connect, while perhaps not a vehicle that will garner mainstream consumer interest, manages to meet the needs of most truck buyers without the excess size, weight, and fuel consumption.  According to Ford, the Transit Connect’s EPA fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg city/25 mpg highway are double the numbers of a full-size van.

Both of these Ford vehicles have earned numerous awards over the past year (among these, the Fusion has won Motor Trend Car of the Year, the Car and Driver 10Best list, and an Automobile Magazine All-Star.

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Author: Chris Haak

Chris is Autosavant's Managing Editor. He has a lifelong love of everything automotive, having grown up as the son of a car dealer. A married father of two sons, Chris is also in the process of indoctrinating them into the world of cars and trucks.

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5 Comments

  1. Well deserved, imo. Ford is on such a great roll!

    I love the gauges in the Fusion too, so it’s funny you should mention that.

  2. Many people will disagree with the selection of the Transit Cnnect, but I think it’s perfect. And, congratulations to Ford for the sweep.

  3. For the Transit, I think then Ford will have a homerun there who’ll have a more deeper impact then the Dodge/Mercedes/Freightliner Sprinter, almost the same kind of impact when the first Mustang was released in 1964 (as some referred as a “1964½” model). Chrysler might soon introduce a Dodge version based on a Fiat model (Ducato or the Scudo perhaps) to reply to the Transit.

    And the Car Connection have a good article about Yesteryear previous NACOTY winners http://blogs.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1041476_nacoty-winners-of-yesteryear-where-are-they-now

  4. My name says it all, Ford rules. In Europe and America, it’s Ford, Ford, Ford.

    Toyota, do you hear a knock on the door?

  5. Ford must be over the moon that the Transit Connect, which has been around in Europe since at least 2003, is picking up awards 7 years later and being talked about as new in Detroit!!

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