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Jan 152010
 
The U.S. will finally get the better performing European version of the Focus. (Photo: Ford)

The U.S. will finally get the better performing European version of the Focus. (Photo: Ford)

From Green Right Now Reports

AutoWeek has declared Ford’s next-generation Focus the “Most Significant” vehicle of the 2010 North American International Auto Show. The car was chosen from among nearly 40 new vehicles that were premiered.

“This was a unanimous vote, one of the few in the history of the AutoWeek award,” Wes Raynal, editor of AutoWeek and autoweek.com, said in a statement. “This car gives Ford and Focus fans their car back. By that we mean enthusiasts have been crying for the European Focus for years and we’re finally getting our wish. The car goes on sale in 2011 powered by a sporty four-cylinder engine … and we can’t wait to drive it.”

The next-generation Ford Focus made its worldwide debut Monday at the 2010 North American International Auto Show. Scheduled to go on sale in both North America and Europe early in 2011, the new Focus will offer customers more affordable technologies and features than ever in this segment, noteworthy levels of craftsmanship and solid fuel economy. It is EPA rated at 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway.

The AutoWeek award is being presented just three days after Ford received the North American Car of the Year award for the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

US Army shows all-wheel-drive diesel hybrid military vehicle at Detroit Auto Show

(Photo: U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center)

(Photo: U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center)

An all-wheel-drive diesel hybrid electric vehicle was on view from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.

The Clandestine Electric Reconnaissance Vehicle — or CERV — was jointly designed by Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide and TARDEC’s National Automotive Center with funding support from the U.S. Special Operations Command. It was designed for quick-paced mobility operations such as reconnaissance, surveillance and target designation.

The vehicle pairs Quantum’s 2nd generation advanced all-wheel-drive diesel hybrid electric powertrain with a light-weight chassis to produce a torque rating that exceeds 5,000 foot-pounds. The unit can maintain speeds of 80 miles per hour and climb 60 percent grades – all while reducing fuel consumption by up to 25 percent compared with conventional vehicles of comparable size.

TARDEC is the U.S. Army’s lead organization for ground vehicle systems integration, engineering and technology development. As the owner and operator of the world’s largest fleet of ground vehicles, the Army is a proponent of quickly adopting new technologies which advance the Army’s vehicle capabilities and transitioning them to volume use to ensure our troops have the best tools available.