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2009 ICOTY Awards

2009 International Car of the Year: Nissan GT-R

By Samantha Gasco

There is no better bond between human and mechanics than that between a car and its driver. There is no better feeling than being on top. And in the automotive world, there is nothing better than ringing in the honor of International Car of the Year. From classic compacts to manic muscle cars the ICOTY jury had their work cut out for them when casting the vote for car of the year. But when all was said and done, the Nissan GT-R prevailed as the 2009 International Car of the Year.

Nissan GT-R

2009 Nissan GT-R
2009 Nissan GT-R

It has finally arrived and has been well worth the wait. A super car exceeding any expectations, the Nissan GT-R has sped its way to the top winning the honor of International Car of the Year. All new for 2009, the GT-R has been one of the most anticipated sports cars ever. Fully-loaded and packed with power, the Nissan GT-R is sure to get you wherever you need to go, whenever. The GT-R gets an estimated 16-mpg city and 21-mpg highway, and each engine is handcrafted by its own master technician in a clean-room environment; ensuring each customer gets more than expected.

Although no stranger to hairpin turns and rubber burns, power and performance is not the only reason this car has taken top honors. The GT-R’s styling and functionality, as well as coming equipped with all the latest technologies makes this superior speedster soar above its superstar status.

International Car of the Year Top Nominees

2009 Dodge Challenger

2009 Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger has muscled its way back to the top landing it as an ICOTY Car of the Year nominee. Available in three distinct models, each is different in its own way and powerful across the line. Despite its muscular capabilities the Challenger will get an estimated 16 mpg-city and 25-mpg highway for the R/T models. Equipped with comfortable bucket seats and a roomy rear interior it allows seating for more people to get in on the action. However, this is one muscle car sporting more than just beauty and brawn, the Challenger has the brains customers are looking for with options that include all the high-tech electronics one could need. Whether you are a budding boomer or rookie of the road, the Dodge Challenger has that classic look everyone can admire.

2009 Ford Flex

2009 Ford Flex

Driven in a direction not traveled before, this next car captures the imagination of drivers. There is nothing like the Ford Flex on the road today which is why this vehicle made the list as a top three ICOTY nominee. Giving customers an average 17-mpg city and 24-mpg highway, the Flex is envied by the pack as it paces by full of power, performance and pride. However, it is the Flex’s top-notch interior that gets customer's engines revved. Not only can it seat seven passengers comfortably upon its lavish interior, Ford offers all the latest technologies as well as a vista sunroof to suit consumers needs. The Flex may not have won top honors, but it is one modern marvel paving the way for what’s to come.

2009 International Car of the Year Award Winner

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