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Ford Fusion Hybrid named 2010 car of the year

The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid was on display

The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid was on display in November at the Ford Product Design Center in Dearborn, Mich. The automaker says it will charge a base rice of $19,270 for its revamped Fusion midsize car and $27,270 for a hybrid gas-electric version. (November 2009) Photo Credit: AP File

DETROIT -- The Ford Fusion Hybrid midsize sedan wins the 2010 North American Car of the Year, while the Ford Transit Connect takes truck of the year at the Detroit auto show.

Forty-nine auto journalists made the picks. Finalists for the car award included the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Transit Connect and Subaru Outback were finalists for the truck award.

>>> Click here to see new vehicles being introduced this week at the Detroit show.

The awards, given annually by journalists who test cars throughout the year, are often used by automakers in advertising.

Vehicles are judged on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value.

The awards were presented Monday morning on the first day of media previews for the show.

Last year's winners were the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan and the Ford F-150 pickup.

>>> Click here to see some of the models being unveiled at the North American International Car Show in Detroit.

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