Best and the Brightest
chosen as one of the winners of RTM's Class of 2002 is an honor that goes beyond
regular automotive awards because of the criteria we use to select the vehicles.
Our awards are not based only on top speed or 0-60-mph times, but on real-world
usage and practical applications as well. Therefore, the winners of this year's
Class of 2002 should feel extra proud, since we have selected these vehicles because
they excel in categories like "Safe and Dependable," and "Fun Factor,"
as well as performance. We are all aware that our vehicles are an extension of
ourselves, and we know what we like and what we want. The winners this year are
what many of us like and, judging by their popularity in the marketplace, what
many consumers want. Congratulations to the honorees, and we thank the manufacturers
for listening and responding to our desires for automotive excellence.
of the Year
Likely to Succeed -
you say the name Jaguar, the word success always follows. Those who have made
it know that there are few rewards more satisfying that Jaguar ownership. From
the exceptional ride to the spellbinding exterior design to the enticing smell
of the leather interior, a Jaguar is it. The new X-Type is our class valedictorian
by virtue of its impressive ride and handling qualities, as well as its ability
to provide safety through a new all-wheel drive system. With two engine choices,
a spacious interior, standard luxury features like power windows, cruise control,
and remote keyless entry, it's easy to see why this vehicle is setting sales records.
X-type without question is one of the most significant models in Jaguar's rich
history. As its first compact sport sedan in more than three decades, the X-Type
is designed to build on the Jaguar nameplate, as well as provide a good value
to those entering the luxury segment of the marketplace. Our judges chose the
X-Type over other deserving entries like the BMW 745i and Ford Thunderbird
by virtue of its ability to reach the masses, while proving that hard work results
in exceptional rewards.