The Ford Fusion, chosen as the North American car of the year at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is seen on Jan. 11.
Converting existing gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs into hybrid and electric vehicles gains traction.
Overall sales plummeted with the end of 'cash for clunkers.' Ford has taken a hit too, but it's still doing better than Toyota, Honda, or Nissan.
Shunned for Western cars after the Iron Curtain was lifted, the iconic car is back.
Program draws on $705 million set aside in an economic stimulus package earlier this year but leaves many financing details up to the next government.