Ford swept the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), winning with the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the 2010 Ford Transit Connect, respectively.
It is the third time in 17 years that one manufacturer has won both awards.
The North American Car and Truck of the Year awards recognize vehicles based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. A jury of 49 automotive journalists in the United States and Canada vote for the vehicles, which must be “all-new” or “substantially changed” from the previous model to qualify for the award.
The Fusion Hybrid, which edged out finalists including the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf/GTI, is the fourth hybrid vehicle in 17 years to win recognition as North American Car (or Truck) of the Year. It also is the second hybrid win for Ford—the most hybrid wins for any automaker. The Ford Escape Hybrid was named North American Truck of the Year in 2005.