DEARBORN, MI - The Ford Fusion was named MOTOR TREND's 2010 Car of the Year on Nov. 17.

To win the Car of the Year award, Fusion outperformed the competition in six new categories: design achievement, engineering excellence, intended function, efficiency, safety, and value.

"The Fusion brought a vast assortment of choice that has the potential to appeal to every type of driver, from the eco-conscious to the sport-minded," said Angus MacKenzie, MOTOR TREND editor-in-chief. "The Fusion's combination of comfort, fuel efficiency, assortment, and technology made it a clear winner among our panel of judges."

The 2010 Fusion and Fusion Hybrid are currently the most fuel-efficient sedans in America. The new models offer more power; class-exclusive technologies, such as Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and Ford SYNC; and more total passenger and luggage capacity than the Toyota Camry.

The Fusion lineup expanded in the 2010 model year to include all-new Hybrid and Sport models and a new selection of gas-powered engines paired with six-speed transmissions.

The new Fusion Hybrid model delivers an EPA estimated 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, and also offers new SmartGauge technology with EcoGuide that coaches hybrid drivers to maximize fuel efficiency.