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Ford earns 'Green Car of the Year' award

Nov. 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The Green Car Journal said U.S. automaker Ford's 2013 Fusion vehicles were the top green cars of the year.

The magazine bestowed its Green Car of the Year prize to the Fusion lineup at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The award was given for high mileage, low carbon dioxide emission and affordability.

The Fusion lineup includes the plug-in hybrid "Energi," which has been given a fuel efficiency rating of 100 mpg. The gas-powered version is rated at 47 mpg.

Ford's Fusion beat out the four others nominated for the award -- The Dodge Dart Aero, the Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV, the Toyota Prius and the Ford C-MAX.

Notable panelists choosing the winner included "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno and Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.

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