The Fusion Hybrid and Transit Connect have been named the North American Car and Truck of the Year.

Ford has announced the Fusion Hybrid and Transit Connect have been named the North American Car and Truck of the Year.

As expected, the Fusion Hybrid won accolades for its attractive styling, advanced powertrain, and stellar fuel efficiency (it is rated at 41 mpg city / 36 mpg highway). It beat out the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf/GTI.

The real upset was the Transit Connect winning North American Truck of the Year. It faced stiff competition from the Chevrolet Equinox and Subaru Outback, but ultimately won despite being a commercial-oriented vehicle.

As you may recall, a panel of 49 automotive journalists (from Canada and the United States) select the winners from a lengthy list of contenders which includes "all-new" and "substantially updated" models.

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