& TRAVEL Magazine Announces
2008 International Car of the Year Awards
& TRAVEL Magazine (RTM) announced
the 12th Annual International
Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY)
winners at a black-tie ceremony held today.
at the all-new MGM
Grand Detroit, where more than
700 industry leaders and media gathered
on the eve of press week of the North
American International Auto Show. A jury
of nationally-renowned automotive
journalists selected the award-winning
vehicles with ballots tabulated by J.D.
Power and Associates.
Car of the Year Honda Accord Sedan
Truck of the Year Chrysler
Town & Country
Up Truck of the Year, Most Athletic GMC Sierra Denali
Car of the Year, Most Sex Appeal Audi R8
of the Year, Most Dependable Honda Accord Sedan
Car of the Year, Most Respected Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
of the Year, Most Compatible Chrysler Town & Country
Level Car of the Year, Most Spirited Volvo C30
of the Year, Most Versatile Buick Enclave
of the Year, Most Resourceful Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
The ICOTY Award's unique theme focuses
on the emotional connection between car
and consumer; how vehicles reflect our
lifestyles and self image, an attitude
the avereage consumer can identify with,"
Caldwell, ICOTY creator and RTM
editor in chief.
theme has resonated so well with automakers
that today most use the 'emotional connection'
theme in their advertising and marketing
remarks at the ICOTY event were made by
Congressman John D. Dingell of Michigan,
the "Dean of the House of Representatives,"
and chairman of the Committee on Energy
and Commerce. In addition, U.S. Senator
Carl Levin co-presented the inaugural EARTH ANGEL Award, which was
bestowed upon General Motors Corporation
as the most environmentally-friendly automaker.
The award was sponsored by Bridgestone.
recognized veteran automotive journalist
Thos L. Bryant with its 5th annual Lifetime
Achievement Award. RTM also presented
its 4th annual HEART
STRING Award for best car commercial
in 2007 for Dodge Caravans Rooms.
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