Over time, Ford Motor Company has become one of the most popular motor vehicle manufacturing companies in the United States. One of those reasons includes the release of the ‘Sync’, the voice activated system installed in new Ford vehicles that allows the operator to change settings in the vehicle without using their hands. Ford’s growing popularity continues as the company swept the awards for Car and Truck of the Year at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The two vehicles that won were the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the 2010 Ford Transit Connect.
The two awards are determined by a jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada and are announced each year at the North American International Auto Show. The awards have been given out for 17 years and the Ford Fusion Hybrid happens to be the fourth gasoline-electric hybrid car to win the award. One of the other gasoline-electric hybrid winners was none other than the Ford Escape Hybrid in 2005.
When the Ford Transit Connect won the award for Truck of the Year in 2010, it was the sixth win for the Ford Motor Company within the category, which marks the largest number of ‘Truck of the Year’ wins for any motor vehicle manufacturing company. Ford picked up the award in 2009 as well with the remodeled F-150.
This is only the third time in history that a vehicle manufacturer swept the awards. Honda won for the Civic and the Ridgeline in 2006 and General Motors won for the Saturn Aura and the Chevrolet Silverado in 2007.
The factors voted on by the jury include design, safety, handling, innovation, value for the dollar and driver satisfaction. The only way a vehicle can be considered for the awards is if they are new or have been substantially changed from a previous model. The 2009 awards were given to the Hyundai Genesis and the Ford F-150.
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