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Ford Focus and Fusion Hybrid are Top Green Cars for 2011

The all-new 2012 Ford Focus and the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid were named as two of the “Top 10 Green Cars for 2011” according to KBB.com.  The 2012 Ford Focus can achieve 28 mp city and 38 mpg highway with an automatic transmission.  Kelley Blue Book also mentioned that there are many other things to like about the Ford Focus, such as “excellent handling, impressively outfitted interior, sweet Euro styling and the availability of cool features like Ford’s SYNC entertainment and communications system.”  The impressive auto-park feature was also noted.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is just as exciting, with an EPA rating of 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.  KBB.com mentioned that it was an easy pick and that it helped that “it delivers the driving dynamics and comfort that make the conventional Fusion so enduring, including SYNC and navigation, with the addition of a really cool LCD gauge cluster.”  The Ford Fusion includes Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide that uses real-time feedback to tell the driver how to achieve better fuel efficiency.  The technology alone in the car is impressive, not to mention the incredible fuel efficiency.

It’s easy to see why the 2012 Ford Focus and 2011 Ford Fusion easily made their way onto the list of the Top 10 Green Cars of 2011.

The 2012 Ford Focus is named a “Top Safety Pick”

The 2012 Ford Focus has not been on the market for long, but that’s not stopping it from making headlines.  Most recently, the all-new Focus was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  The compact also received a 5-star overall safety rating from the Euro NCAP.

Both the IIHS and Euro NCAP independently test vehicle safety, and use their findings to present major safety awards and rankings.  In the IIHS’ testing, the Focus received the best score of “good” all four tests conducted: frontal offset, side-impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection.  The Focus also offers standard electronic stability control, a requirement for all vehicles to be designated a “Top Safety Pick.”  The Euro NCAP releases its results differently, giving percentages for the different areas of protection a car offers.  The 2012 Focus received a 92% in adult occupant safety, an 82% in child occupant safety, a 72% in pedestrian safety, and a 71% in safety assist; all leading to an overall 5-star rating.

However, these ratings did not come as a surprise to Ford.  The automaker designed the new compact car with safety in mind, which, according to Global C Car vehicle line director Gunnar Herrmann, is shown through the “structural rigidity of the body and its extensive use of high strength steels.”

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