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Ford Fusion: Cream of the redesigned crop

Friday, December 14, 2012

Category:Car Enthusiast Talk

Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used car information, has named the 2013 Ford Fusion as the year's Best Redesigned Vehicle. Experts compared it with 20 other 2013 redesigns, and the cream that is the Fusion rose above the competition.

"More than a handful of vehicles made the short list of finalists for this year, but ultimately the 2013 Ford Fusion was named KBB.com's 2013 Best Redesigned Vehicle with impressive gains in design, technology and fuel economy," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "Outside, the new Fusion is clearly the hottest-looking car in a class with no fewer than 13 other entrants. The interior is just as striking, and a variety of technological enhancements and choice of five powertrains is just icing on the cake."

When considering the best redesigns, KBB editors took into account exterior and interior styling, technology, comfort and convenience features, performance/capability, driving dynamics, safety, fuel economy, overall refinement and value. Any auto owner's looking to soup up their current redesigns should equip their cars with Husky Liners® car floor mats.

According to KBB, to be considered a Best Redesigned Vehicle, a car has to have received the best complete make over, demonstrating improvement and superiority when compared to its predecessors and competitors. KBB's list of top 2013 redesigns also included the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Escape, Honda Accord, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus ES, Mercedes-Benz GL, Nissan Pathfinder, Porsche Boxster, RAM 1500, Toyota Avalon and many more.

As for 2012 redesigns, just last month, Cars.com named the Honda CR-V and Toyota Camry as the best redesigns of this year, after comparing them with 61 other cars. The website factored the success the cars had with sales throughout the year to determine the top redesigns.

Kelsey Mays, industry analyst at Cars.com, said the Camry and CR-V drew huge appeal from car shoppers, giving them an edge against the other redesigns. Auto manufactures can spend nearly $1 billion on redesigned car, so successful reception by shoppers is critical.

"Automakers count on redesigns to boost sales," Mays added. "Though they are costly, the payoff tends to be significant, however not all are as successful as the Camry and CR-V. We took a look at an array of 2012 redesigns to determine which followed the pattern of outselling their predecessors and which fell short."