Ford Sweeps Motor Trend Awards

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You'll soon see "Motor Trend Car and Truck of the Year" scrolling at the bottom of Ford (Stock Quote: F) commercials, as 49 journalists from the U.S. and Canada gave the auto company top marks in the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year competition.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford Transit Connect snagged the awards today in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.

The awards are given out to the one car and truck each year that are either all new or substantially redesigned.

Last year, the Hyundai Genesis sedan and the Ford F-150 pickup took home the prizes.

The competition accounts for several factors including mileage, innovation, quality, safety and design.

Ford touts the great fuel economy of the Fusion Hybrid on its Web site, saying that the car can get 41 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. Also, the SmartGauge instrument display gives drivers visual feedback on how to drive in a more fuel efficient way.

The Transit Connect is targeted at small business owners with the need for a larger vehicle. Ford offers several technology options inside the vehicle to attract on-the-go entrepreneurs who need to stay connected at all times, including hands-free calling, an in-dash computer and Tool link, which allows drivers to scan and track what supplies are in their Transit.

For more information on the vehicles, visit the Ford Web site or the award Web site.

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