Each year, automakers head to the North American International Auto Show to show off their most impressive new designs, far-out concepts, and innovative technologies. With so much to see at the show, it can be hard to impress. However, leaving an impression was not something Ford had a problem with at this year’s NAIAS, thanks to the debut of the new 2013 Fusion. The redesigned sedan was so impressive in fact, that it was named AutoWeek’s “Best in Show.”
Even the staff at AutoWeek was surprised by how drawn they were to the everyday car. According to Editor Wes Raynal, “It’s very rare for a midsize sedan to win Best in Show. I think it’s the first of a lot of awards the Fusion is going to win this year.” So far, he’s right. The new Fusion also received EyesOn Design recognition from the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology during the show.
Ford’s long-time Chief Creative Officer J Mays is feeling a little extra excitement about this car as well, stating that “I’ve been with the company for 13 years and I can truly say this is the best car ever to come out of the design and engineering center in Dearborn. We are delighted for the entire global design team, because this really was a global effort.” Aside from its sleek new design, other features that kept onlookers wanting more include impressive fuel economy, Ford’s new Lane-Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, and active park assist.