When I visited the Ford head offices in Dearborn this past July, it was fun to see the awards displayed proudly in one of the lobbies we were in – while the general public reads these things and perhaps does a nod of support, car companies understandably so consider these a huge deal. Based on nothing but positive experiences from Ford as a reviewer myself, I wanted to share the latest recognition here.
Ford of Canada led the competition at the 2013 Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Car of the Year TestFest, claiming the top spot in four categories:
· 2012 Ford Focus Electric won “Best New City Car”
· 2013 Fusion Hybrid won “Best New Family Car over $30,000”
· 2013 Ford Escape 1.6L SE won “Best New SUV under $35,000”
· 2013 Ford Focus ST scored “Best New Sports – Performance car under $50,000”
The zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free Focus Electric provides outstanding energy efficiency, reliable operation, and real driving enjoyment. It’s the first five-passenger, all–electric car to achieve a 1.7 Le/100 km rating. Focus Electric was the first vehicle to win this new innovative category.
Fusion Hybrid has raised the bar in the segment by offering leading fuel-efficiency, helpful technologies and game-changing looks. The vehicle is also equipped with a lithium-ion battery which allows it to hit a top speed of 100 kilometres an hour under electric only power.
The all-new Ford Escape brings clever technologies and features designed to make life easier, as well as best-in-class fuel economy with Ford’s 1.6-litre engine – available for the first time in North America.
The Ford Focus ST brings the Sport Technologies badge to customers worldwide, offering a blend of refinement and performance for which ST is renowned. The Focus ST is Ford’s first truly global performance car.