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by Matt Brogan

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).

Car finalists:

  1. Ford Fusion Hybrid (241 points)
  2. Volkswagen Golf TDI/GTI (tied on 146 points)
  3. Buick LaCrosse (103 points)

Truck finalists:

  1. Ford Transit Connect (213 points)
  2. Chevrolet Equinox (183 points)
  3. Subaru Outback (94 points)

2010 North American COTY nominees:

  • BMW 335d
  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Ford Fusion
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Ford Taurus/Taurus SHO
  • Honda Insight
  • Kia Soul
  • Mazda3/MazdaSpeed3
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Suzuki Kizashi
  • Toyota Prius
  • Volkswagen Golf/GTI/TDI

2010 North American TOTY nominees:

  • Acura ZDX
  • Audi Q5
  • Cadillac SRX
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Transit Connect
  • Honda Accord Crosstour
  • Land Rover LR4
  • Lincoln MKT
  • Subaru Outback
  • Volvo XC60



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