Singing competition show American Idol has come to a finish after 15 long seasons, with major sponsor Ford Motor Company marking the occasion, and awarding 2017 Ford Fusion sedans to contestants Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renae – the show’s last-ever winner and runner-up, respectively.
Ford Motor Company has been a main sponsor of American Idol pretty much since the show’s inception in 2002. Over the years, the automaker has been a part of scavenger hunts, flash mobs, ghost hunts, and secret agent missions on the show, and has awarded more than 50 vehicles. The list of vehicles awarded by Ford includes Mustangs, Fiestas, Escape Hybrids, and at least one F-150.
The redesigned 2017 Ford Fusion debuted at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, along with a new “V6 Sport” model which boasts 325 horsepower from a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, an all-wheel drive system, and continuously-controlled suspension. Regular 2017 Ford Fusion models benefit from a revised front-end appearance, available SYNC 3 infotainment, and a new Platinum trim-level.
The final, 556th episode of American Idol aired on April 7th, 2016.