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Ford Division Nameplates Win Top Honors

January 22, 2002

From "Car of the Year" to "Best Buy" to “10 Best," Ford Division products have garnered a number of awards. Below are highlights: For the fourth time, Ford Thunderbird recaptured Motor Trend's "Car of the Year" award. The 2002 Thunderbird also received Popular Science's "Best of What's New" award and the People's Choice "Car of the Year" award. In addition, African Americans On Wheels and Latinos On Wheels selected Thunderbird as its "Urban Car of the Year." Car and Driver named Ford Focus one of its "10 Best" for 2002. AutoWeek readers voted Focus "America's Best Economy Car" and "Best First New Car." Automobile magazine named Ford Focus "Best Small Car" and SVT Focus "Best Coupe." Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Focus "Best in Class Under $16,000." The New England Motor Press Association named the Mustang Cobra convertible the best convertible under $35,000. The Ford Mustang is on the AutoWeek "Top 10" list. Popular Science bestowed its "Best of What's New" award on the 2002 Explorer. Explorer also won Field & Stream's "Best of the Best" award. MotorWeek gave Explorer its Drivers' Choice Award for "Best Family Sport-Utility Vehicle." Car and Driver presented the Ford Escape with its "Best Small SUV" award. The Ford Escape was named "Editors' Most Wanted Small SUV." Ford F-Series is’s "Editors' Most Wanted Large Pickup." AutoWeek readers named the Ford F-150 "America's Best Pickup Truck." Ford F-Series cap-tured its sixth consecutive Polk Automotive Loyalty Award. AutoWeek readers named the Ford Taurus "America's Best Family Sedan." Crown Victoria is’s "Editors' Most Wanted Large Sedan." The 2001 Crown Victoria is a Consumer's Digest "Best Buy." Ford E-Series is "Editors' Most Wanted Large Van." Ford Ranger earned its second consecutive Polk Compact Pickup Truck Loyalty Award.In addition, Ford Division captured its sixth consecutive Polk Overall Make Loyalty Award this year.
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