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ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine Presents
Annual Awards in Detroit Jan. 5

VIPs to Include U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow,
Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm

DETROIT, Dec. 12 -- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm will be among the many VIPs attending ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine's Class of 2002 - Top 10 Most Likely to Succeed Automotive Awards. The 6th annual event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, the night before press week officially begins for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The entertaining and unique Grammy-style awards presentation will host about 700 industry and community leaders as well as members of the media. The awards honor ten automakers for new model entries for 2002 from a women's market perspective.

Other high-profile personalities who will be attending are Larry D. Yost, chairman & CEO, ArvinMeritor Inc.; J.D. Power III, chairman & CEO, J.D. Power and Associates; Irma Elder, CEO, Elder Automotive Group; Martin Inglis, Chief Financial Officer, Ford Motor Company; John Middlebrook, VP corporate advertising, General Motors; Kathleen Ligocki, VP global strategy, Ford Motor Company; Karen Francis, president/CEO, Consumer Connect, Ford Motor Company; Sue Callaway, VP and general manager, Jaguar North America; Denny Clements, group VP and general manager, Lexus; Mark McNabb, VP & general manager, Infiniti Division; Lynn Myers, general manager, Pontiac-GMC; Karl Brauer, editor-in-chief,; Jeffrey K. Leestma, president, Automotive Hall of Fame; Desma Reid-Coleman, president, NAWBO, Detroit chapter; Tom Marinelli, VP, Chrysler/Jeep Global Brand Center; John McElroy, host, Autoline Detroit; and Terry A. Barclay, CEO, Women's Economic Club.

Event sponsors Yahoo! Autos and will help bring additional exposure to the event by showcasing the awards on their websites in January. Other sponsors include General Motors, Detroit Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Ford Motor Company, Mazda NAO, Block-It by Kimberly-Clark, ArvinMeritor Inc., American Honda, Mercedes-Benz USA and Nissan North America, Inc.

Award categories are: Car of the Year/Most Likely to Succeed, SUV/Most Likely to Survive Anything, Classic/Most Likely to be Remembered, Pick-up Truck/Most Athletic, Luxury/Most Likely to Inspire Leadership, Entry-Level/Most Vivacious Personality, Minivan-Station Wagon/Most Versatile, Sedan/Most Dependable, Environmental/Most Likely to Change the World, and Sportscar/Most Sex Appeal. Winners will be revealed the night of the event and announced Jan. 6.

Judges include: RTM Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Courtney Caldwell; BJ
Killeen, RTM Editor; Denise McCluggage, RTM International Editor; Steve Siler, RTM national online editor; Jackie Mitchell, editorial director, On Wheels, Inc.; John McElroy, host of Autoline Detroit; Anita Lienert, Detroit News columnist and president of Lienert & Lienert; Cheryl Jensen, free-lance; Alex Law, contributing editor, Car & Driver; Kim Cook, managing editor, Corvette Fever magazine; Linda Sharp, columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Warren Brown, auto editor, Washington Post.

For information on the awards, click here.

The RTM website is geared towards professional and upscale women, a body of consumers who account for the 5000% increase in women business travelers, a number which has risen sharply since 1970.  The website includes quality information written by expert journalists. Topics include travel safety, great vacation spots, adventure travel, profiles on influential women, road test reviews, buyer’s guides, buying and leasing, research data and statistics and much more.


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