& TRAVEL Magazine Announces 2005
International Car of the Year Awards Winners
January 8, 2005 - ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine (RTM), a rapidly growing
online publication specializing in automotive and travel topics, announced
its 9th Annual International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) winners
at a black tie awards ceremony today. The ceremony, held at the Detroit
Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel, hosted more than 700 auto industry
leaders and media on the eve of the official opening of the North
American International Auto Show.
jury of 12 nationally-renowned automotive journalists selected the
Top 10 automobiles with ballots tabulated by J.D. Power and Associates.
the winners are:
of the Year: Chrysler 300C
of the Year: Hummer H2 SUT
Up Truck of the Year: "Most Athletic" Ford F-250
Car of the Year: "Most Sex Appeal" Chevrolet Corvette
of the Year: "Most Dependable" Subaru Legacy 2.5i
Car of the Year: "Most Respected" Jaguar XJ LWB
of the Year: "Most Compatible" Chrysler Town &
Level Car of the Year: "Most Spirited" MINI Cooper
Wagon: "Most Versatile" Dodge Magnum
of the Year: "Most Resourceful" Land Rover
ICOTY awards focus on the emotional connection owners have with their
vehicles and how cars and trucks reflect our lifestyles and self-image,
an attitude the average consumer can identify with," says RTM
Editor-In-Chief Courtney Caldwell.
During the program, RTM recognized veteran automotive journalist Jerry
Flint with the second annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Flint has
spent over 30 years covering the auto industry, most recently as automotive
editor and columnist for Forbes magazine. RTM also presented the inaugural
HEART STRING Award for the most emotionally compelling car commercial
in 2004 to Ford Motor Company and J. Walter Thompson for the Ford
Mustang "Steve McQueen" spot.
included Shell Oil Products US, Bridgestone/Firestone Tires, Dolby
Laboratories, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Detroit
Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Hyundai Motor Company, GM's OnStar, American
Honda, Bose Corporation, BMW NA, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, GMAC
Financial Services, Nissan NA, Subaru of America, U-Haul Corporation,
Google, Tower Automotive and ArvinMeritor.
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topics. RTM provides content and resources from which consumers can
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