Ford Fusion and C-MAX earn awards from Autobytel

According to Palmetto Ford Lincoln in Charleston, SC, Autobytel has awarded the 2013 Ford Fusion with its Car of the Year award and the 2013 Ford C-MAX with its Alternative Fuel Car of the Year award

Online PR News – 03-January-2013 – CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Automotive advisor Autobytel recently chose its top vehicles for the 2013 model year, according to Palmetto Ford in Charleston, SC ( The 2013 Ford Fusion earned the Cary of the Year award while the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid hauled home the Alternative Fuel Car of the Year award.

The editors at Autobytel annually choose the vehicles that it best recommends for shoppers. The group picks a Car of the Year, Truck of the Year and individual category winners. Each team member nominates their top three choices for each category. After all of the ballots are cast, everyone votes on the top three again. The car and truck that receive the highest votes in the two larger categories (Sedan of the Year and Pickup Truck of the Year) also earn the Car of the Year and Truck of the Year designations.

This year’s 2013 Car of the Year recipient is the 2013 Ford Fusion. The 2013 Fusion was the near-unanimous choice for the editorial team. “The 2013 Ford Fusion is the right amount of car for the right price at the right time,” said T.J. Keon of Autobytel.

The Fusion claimed the top spot in the Sedan of the Year category, which was well-contested. “The bread and butter segment of the auto industry has to be the mid-size family sedan category and the competition for the Autlbytel 2013 Sedan of the Year really heated up the map,” wrote Autobytel. “Advances in powertrains, design, comfort, roominess with increased mpgs all factored into the considerations for who made the cut as the sedan to recommend for 2013.”

Also picking up an award was the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, which earned the title of Alternative Fuel Car of the Year. “The competition is really starting to heat up in the alternative fuel category. From compressed natural gas (CNG) to hybrids, plug-in hybrids, all-electric to clean diesel, it is easier than ever to choose a car or truck that reflects a concern for saving the environment or just saving on gas prices,” explained Autobytel. “For the Autobytel 2013 Alternative Fuel Car of the Year and two of the finalists, hybrids are still the leading technology with electric directly on its heels and with the bar being raised continously in this category, the mpgs just keep getting better.”