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Ford Takes Fleet Vehicle Crown

Business Fleet readers chose the Ford Fusion/Fusion Hybrid and the F-150 as Fleet Car and Truck of the Year.

January 2011, by Jennifer Washington and Brittany Swanson

Ford took top honors this year by winning the Fleet Car and Truck of the Year awards with the 2011 Ford Fusion/Fusion Hybrid and 2011 Ford F-150 pickup.

Sponsored by Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet magazines, the award is given annually and voted on by fleet professionals. Qualified fleet professionals cast their votes online for one car and truck out of 74 cars and 13 light-duty truck nominees, representing all of the major domestic and import-badged vehicles.

Fusion and Fusion Hybrid Combine Efficiency and Performance

The Ford Fusion's all six-speed transmission lineup is available with I-4 and V-6 engine choices and a Hybrid model and Sport version.

New features for 2011 include MyKey, available rain-sensing wipers and HD radio. Integrated blind-spot mirrors have been added to cars without the optional Blind Spot Information System. Ford SYNC communications and infotainment system can now be integrated with the available touchscreen voice-activated navigation system. 

The 2011 Fusion's fuel-efficient powertrain lineup includes a 2.5L I-4 engine that achieves an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway with 175 hp and 172 ft.-lb. of torque. The I-4 engine is available with manual or automatic transmission.

The Duratec 30 3.0L V-6 engine produces 240 hp and 222 ft.-lb. of torque and is flex-fuel capable. The engine can produce up to 250 hp when using E-85 fuel.

The Fusion Sport features a 3.5L V-6 engine that offers 263 hp and 249 ft.-lb. of torque with regular unleaded fuel. New for 2011, I-4 automatic models are available with SelectShift manual gear control. Select-
Shift comes standard with both of the V-6 engines.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid can operate up to 47 mph in pure electric mode, with a city driving range of more than 700 miles on a single tank of gas. Its 17-inch, eight-spoke wheels and eco-friendly seat fabric made from postindustrial 100-percent recycled materials help differentiate it from its gas-powered sibling.

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