Ford Fusion named Detroit show’s top car by Autoweek
The redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion sedan, the 2013 Dodge Dart, the Acura NSX concept and the open-air 2013 Porsche 911 cabriolet have been singled out by the editors of Autoweek magazine as award-winning vehicles at the 2012 Detroit auto show.
The Fusion won Best in Show, the Dart earned Most Significant honors, the Acura NSX won Best Concept and the Porsche 911 cabriolet won the Most Fun award, said the magazine, which is an affiliate of Automotive News.
The Fusion, which come in gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, also won the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology's EyesOn Design award at the auto show on Wednesday.
J Mays, Ford's chief creative officer, said in a statement that in the 13 years he has been with the company, the Fusion is the best car ever to come out of the company's design and engineering center in Dearborn.
Autoweek's Best in Show award is based on what car people will most remember from the show five years from now.
"The Ford Fusion bucks the mid-sized sedan trend of playing to the broadest common denominator," Autoweek editor Wes Raynal said. "Where many of the big players are aiming for an inoffensively bland look, the Fusion delivers bold styling that projects a more luxurious message than we expect for its broad, family-car mission. The Fusion is built for the 99 percent, chock-full of 1 percent panache and punch."
On the Dart, Autoweek's executive editor Bob Gritzinger said, "Dodge is re-entering the crucial small-sedan market with a Fiat-based car that we think drills the target dead center. The bold Dodge styling, the sport-tuned Alfa Romeo Giulietta chassis and the attention to interior detail will draw buyers into the showroom, while the strong fuel economy and $15,995 starting price should close the deal."
Honda's luxury division used the NSX concept to signal the return of the sports car, which it sold from 1990 to 2006.
"In a show filled with standout concepts, the NSX rose above all for its styling, performance potential and spiritual connection to the original, which remains a favorite of enthusiasts," Autoweek news editor Greg Migliore said. "The new all-wheel-drive system intrigued our editors, and we look forward to the production execution in the next few years."
Autoweek contributed to this report.