Sunday, January 13, 2008

American Automakers Claim Majority of International Car of the Year Awards

On the eve of North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) press week, American automakers were honored several times at ROAD & TRAVEL magazine's (RTM) International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY), held at the lovely and spectacular MGM Grand in downtown Detroit.  

With an audience of 600 industry leaders and members of the media, Detroit-area automakers were honored with six of the ten awards given out. The Chrysler Town & Country picked up two trophies, while the Volvo C30, GMC Sierra Denali, Buick Enclave, and the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, which was  also named 2007 Green Car of the Year, each garnered one. Here is the complete list of winners: 

International Car of the Year: Honda Accord Sedan
International Truck of the Year: Chrysler Town & Country
Pick Up Truck of the Year: GMC Sierra Denali
Sports Car of the Year: Audi R8
Sedan of the Year: Honda Accord Sedan
Luxury Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
Minivan of the Year: Chrysler Town & Country
Entry Level Car of the Year: Volvo C30
Crossover of the Year: Buick Enclave
SUV of the Year: Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Opening remarks at the 12th annual ICOTY award show were made by Congressman John D. Dingell, the "Dean of the House of Representatives," and Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. 

U.S. Senator Carl Levin, RTM Editor-in-Chief Courtney Caldwell and Editorial Director Kevin Smith also co-presented the inaugural EARTH ANGEL Award, which went to Detroit's own-General Motors. Sponsored by Bridgestone, the award highlights the most environmentally-friendly automaker. It seeks to shine a spotlight on the positive strides automakers are making with global warming issues on a worldwide level.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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