Ford has scooped a double victory at this year’s North American Car of the Year (COTY) and Truck of the Year (TOTY) awards with its Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Transit Connect models each taking home the winning prize in their respective categories.
It was only the third time in 17 years that one manufacturer has won both awards. Honda won both awards in 2006 and General Motors won both in 2007.
A jury of 49 veteran automotive journalists from the United States and Canada, who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites, selected the two Ford models from an outstanding line-up of vehicles that included the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Buick LaCrosse in the car category, and Chevrolet Equinox and Subaru Outback in the ‘truck’ category. The winners were kept secret until today at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The awards are designed to recognise the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.
To be eligible, vehicles must be “all-new” or “substantially changed” from the previous model. This year the jury considered more than 50 vehicles and finally focused on 16 cars and 10 trucks (see below).
2010 North American COTY nominees:
2010 North American TOTY nominees: