The Truth About Cars » Awards http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Awards http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Vellom Venom Vignette: 2015 Awards Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/vellom-venom-vignette-2015-awards-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/vellom-venom-vignette-2015-awards-edition/#comments Fri, 01 Jan 2016 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1253225 Today, TTAC’s editors present their annual round-ups for 2015. Sajeev brings you his winners and losers in the highly subjective field of design.  Best Styled Sedan, Tesla Model S: This sedan (okay, hatch) deserves to be a repeat winner. The Model S’ clean sheet of vellum has yet to be toppled in sleekness (cab backward-ish platform, low nose, relatively […]

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Today, TTAC’s editors present their annual round-ups for 2015. Sajeev brings you his winners and losers in the highly subjective field of design.  Best Styled Sedan, Tesla Model S: This sedan (okay, hatch) deserves to be a repeat winner. The Model S’ clean sheet of vellum has yet to be toppled in sleekness (cab backward-ish platform, low nose, relatively […]

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Here Are The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Finalists, Let’s Make a Bet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/north-american-car-truckutility-year-finalists-lets-make-bet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/north-american-car-truckutility-year-finalists-lets-make-bet/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 21:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1238089 The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year finalists were announced Tuesday and clearly the jurors read our September handicap — and completely mostly disregarded our odds. According to jurors, the finalists for 2016 North American Car of the Year are the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda MX-5 Miata. The finalists for the […]

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The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year finalists were announced Tuesday and clearly the jurors read our September handicap — and completely mostly disregarded our odds. According to jurors, the finalists for 2016 North American Car of the Year are the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda MX-5 Miata. The finalists for the […]

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Everything Is Bigger In Texas, Including its Automotive Press Awards http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/everything-bigger-texas-including-automotive-press-awards/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/everything-bigger-texas-including-automotive-press-awards/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1194346 The Texas Auto Writers Association said Tuesday that the new, diesel-powered Nissan Titan XD was the 2015 Texas Truck of the Year and the Ford F-Series won Truck Line of Texas, alongside 22 other awards in a bi-annual affair held on non-consecutive Sundays until an eventual winner is crowned after a round-robin, double-elimination playoff. The award […]

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The Texas Auto Writers Association said Tuesday that the new, diesel-powered Nissan Titan XD was the 2015 Texas Truck of the Year and the Ford F-Series won Truck Line of Texas, alongside 22 other awards in a bi-annual affair held on non-consecutive Sundays until an eventual winner is crowned after a round-robin, double-elimination playoff. The award […]

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BMW i8 PHEV Unit Wins 2015 International Engine of the Year Award http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/bmw-i8-phev-unit-wins-2015-international-engine-of-the-year-award/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/bmw-i8-phev-unit-wins-2015-international-engine-of-the-year-award/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1095217 The BMW i8’s 1.5-liter 3-cylinder PHEV unit is the winner of this year’s International Engine of the Year award, beating out Ford by seven points in voting. In addition to taking the overall prize, the 1.5-liter also took home the top prizes in the New Engine and 1.4-Litre to 1.8-Litre categories, while falling short of […]

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The BMW i8’s 1.5-liter 3-cylinder PHEV unit is the winner of this year’s International Engine of the Year award, beating out Ford by seven points in voting. In addition to taking the overall prize, the 1.5-liter also took home the top prizes in the New Engine and 1.4-Litre to 1.8-Litre categories, while falling short of […]

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Suppliers Rule! The PACE of Automotive Innovation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/suppliers-rule-pace-automotive-innovation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/suppliers-rule-pace-automotive-innovation/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1046754 Suppliers are integral to new technology in the auto industry to an extent not true since the early years of the 20th century, when ventures such as Ford began as mere assemblers, not manufacturers. That will be highlighted on Monday at the 21st PACE “academy awards” for supplier innovation. (For those not in the know, […]

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Suppliers are integral to new technology in the auto industry to an extent not true since the early years of the 20th century, when ventures such as Ford began as mere assemblers, not manufacturers. That will be highlighted on Monday at the 21st PACE “academy awards” for supplier innovation. (For those not in the know, […]

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NLPC: GM Buying PR, Awards For CEO Mary Barra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/nlpc-gm-buying-pr-awards-ceo-mary-barra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/nlpc-gm-buying-pr-awards-ceo-mary-barra/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=986986 Since becoming General Motors CEO last January, Mary Barra has netted a few awards for herself, something the National Legal Policy Center sees troubling. According to Autoblog, the organization believes the numerous awards bestowed upon Barra are a sign that the automaker is buying positive publicity amid its long slog through 2014 after the recalls […]

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Since becoming General Motors CEO last January, Mary Barra has netted a few awards for herself, something the National Legal Policy Center sees troubling. According to Autoblog, the organization believes the numerous awards bestowed upon Barra are a sign that the automaker is buying positive publicity amid its long slog through 2014 after the recalls […]

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Revised Mazda2 Takes Home Japan COTY Award http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/revised-mazda2-takes-home-japan-coty-award/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/revised-mazda2-takes-home-japan-coty-award/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=931434 The newly revised Mazda2 — Demio in its home market of Japan — won’t be in United States showrooms until sometime during the 2016 model year, but when it does arrive, it will be bringing along its first award: the 2014-2015 Car of the Year Japan, as presented by the Japan Car of the Year […]

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The newly revised Mazda2 — Demio in its home market of Japan — won’t be in United States showrooms until sometime during the 2016 model year, but when it does arrive, it will be bringing along its first award: the 2014-2015 Car of the Year Japan, as presented by the Japan Car of the Year […]

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JD Power Initial Quality Study Shows GM, Hyundai, Porsche Leading The Pack http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/jd-power-initial-quality-study-shows-gm-hyundai-porsche-leading-the-pack/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/jd-power-initial-quality-study-shows-gm-hyundai-porsche-leading-the-pack/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=846905 J.D. Power has released their U.S. Initial Quality Study for 2014, where General Motors, Hyundai and Porsche earned top marks despite consumers still struggling with the gizmology taking over their vehicles. Autoblog reports GM’s Buick, Chevrolet and GMC captured more awards than anyone else in the 2014 IQS, with six vehicles winning in their segments. […]

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J.D. Power has released their U.S. Initial Quality Study for 2014, where General Motors, Hyundai and Porsche earned top marks despite consumers still struggling with the gizmology taking over their vehicles. Autoblog reports GM’s Buick, Chevrolet and GMC captured more awards than anyone else in the 2014 IQS, with six vehicles winning in their segments. […]

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Rigged Voting May Lead ADAC To Scrap Annual Award http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/rigged-voting-may-lead-adac-to-scrap-annual-award/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/rigged-voting-may-lead-adac-to-scrap-annual-award/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=707058 German auto club Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V., or ADAC, may no longer bestow their annual Yellow Angel Award after the club admitted to vote rigging. Automotive News reports that ADAC’s communications director, Michael Ramstetter, resigned from his post after confessing he manipulated the results of the Yellow Angel Award — given to what the auto […]

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German auto club Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V., or ADAC, may no longer bestow their annual Yellow Angel Award after the club admitted to vote rigging. Automotive News reports that ADAC’s communications director, Michael Ramstetter, resigned from his post after confessing he manipulated the results of the Yellow Angel Award — given to what the auto […]

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TTAC’s Ten Best Cars Of 2012 Nominations Are Now Open http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/ttacs-ten-best-cars-of-2012-nominations-are-now-open/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/ttacs-ten-best-cars-of-2012-nominations-are-now-open/#comments Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:05:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462722 It’s been a few years since TTAC has held an award ceremony for the best and worst vehicles, but 2012 marks the re-birth of two storied traditions for the site – and it’s all decided by you, the readers. The rules and process are similar to our TWAT awards, though we’re looking for the vehicles […]

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It’s been a few years since TTAC has held an award ceremony for the best and worst vehicles, but 2012 marks the re-birth of two storied traditions for the site – and it’s all decided by you, the readers. The rules and process are similar to our TWAT awards, though we’re looking for the vehicles […]

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Hey Readers; Tell Us About Your TWATs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/hey-readers-tell-us-about-your-twats/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/hey-readers-tell-us-about-your-twats/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459759 Some time ago in TTACs history, the site held an award for the poorest choices in the automobile kingdom. We called it the Ten Worst Automobiles Today – or, the TWATs, for short. It’s been almost 4 years since the TWATs were last run, but for 2012, they’re back. Conventional wisdom has it that it’s […]

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Some time ago in TTACs history, the site held an award for the poorest choices in the automobile kingdom. We called it the Ten Worst Automobiles Today – or, the TWATs, for short. It’s been almost 4 years since the TWATs were last run, but for 2012, they’re back. Conventional wisdom has it that it’s […]

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2012 Honda Civic Wins About.Com “Best New Cars Award”, Praise From Derek’s Grandma http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/2012-honda-civic-wins-about-com-best-new-cars-award-praise-from-dereks-grandma/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/2012-honda-civic-wins-about-com-best-new-cars-award-praise-from-dereks-grandma/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:24:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=426153 Honda’s decision to redesign the current Civic after barely a year on the market was described to me by one former Honda insider as “the closest they will ever come to admitting to gross incompetence.” Even though the Civic has been panned by most outlets, the staff at About.com called the Civic one of the […]

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Honda’s decision to redesign the current Civic after barely a year on the market was described to me by one former Honda insider as “the closest they will ever come to admitting to gross incompetence.” Even though the Civic has been panned by most outlets, the staff at About.com called the Civic one of the […]

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Car of the Year Revisionism, 1970 Edition: If Not the Torino, What? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/car-of-the-year-revisionism-1970-edition-if-not-the-torino-what/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/car-of-the-year-revisionism-1970-edition-if-not-the-torino-what/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2011 18:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=421709 Having just spent a weekend officiating at a race with one of the perpetrators of the latest Motor Trend Car of the Year choice, I got to thinking about past controversial COTY choices… and what choices we might make today, with the benefit of hindsight. Second-guessing the 1971 and 1983 choices is fish-in-a-barrel stuff (though […]

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Having just spent a weekend officiating at a race with one of the perpetrators of the latest Motor Trend Car of the Year choice, I got to thinking about past controversial COTY choices… and what choices we might make today, with the benefit of hindsight. Second-guessing the 1971 and 1983 choices is fish-in-a-barrel stuff (though […]

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Motor Trend’s Car Of The Year: As Relevant As You’d Expect http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/motor-trends-car-of-the-year-as-relevant-as-youd-expect/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/motor-trends-car-of-the-year-as-relevant-as-youd-expect/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 23:56:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418762 Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award has been a lightning rod of criticism among automotive gadflies ever since… well, you decide. Corvair? Vega? Mustang II?  Every year, MT picks one “best” car from a market that serves a wide variety of needs, and every year, the autoblogosphere rushes to help the tottering “contest” collapse […]

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Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award has been a lightning rod of criticism among automotive gadflies ever since… well, you decide. Corvair? Vega? Mustang II?  Every year, MT picks one “best” car from a market that serves a wide variety of needs, and every year, the autoblogosphere rushes to help the tottering “contest” collapse […]

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What’s Wrong With This Competition?: Canadian Car Of The Year Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-competition-canadian-car-of-the-year-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-competition-canadian-car-of-the-year-edition/#comments Sun, 30 Oct 2011 17:08:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416094 It’s safe to say that most of the seemingly infinite number of “car of the year” competitions are so utterly bunk that they’re not even worth the effort of exposing. But the reality is that you still see advertisements for cars proudly proclaiming them the favored choice of some local, national, or media outlet’s car […]

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It’s safe to say that most of the seemingly infinite number of “car of the year” competitions are so utterly bunk that they’re not even worth the effort of exposing. But the reality is that you still see advertisements for cars proudly proclaiming them the favored choice of some local, national, or media outlet’s car […]

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Your Nominations Please: Announcing The 2010-2011 Lutzie Awards For Outrageous Auto Exec Quotes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/your-nominations-please-announcing-the-2010-2011-lutzie-awards-for-outrageous-auto-exec-quotes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/your-nominations-please-announcing-the-2010-2011-lutzie-awards-for-outrageous-auto-exec-quotes/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:57:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409178 Whether agree that automotive PR needs to take more risks or you think it takes more than enough risks already, we can all enjoy the outlandish quotes that do emanate from industry executives in spite of the protective PR-professional bubble that surrounds them. And though TTAC has only had the institutional follow-through to hold a […]

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Whether agree that automotive PR needs to take more risks or you think it takes more than enough risks already, we can all enjoy the outlandish quotes that do emanate from industry executives in spite of the protective PR-professional bubble that surrounds them. And though TTAC has only had the institutional follow-through to hold a […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: What Is Your Car Of The Year? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/ask-the-best-and-brightest-what-is-your-car-of-the-year/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/ask-the-best-and-brightest-what-is-your-car-of-the-year/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:12:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379979 Chevy’s Volt and Ford’s Explorer won North American Car and Truck of the year, a result which surprised precisely nobody here at Cobo Hall. The Volt beat out Nissan’s Leaf and Hyundai’s Sonata, while the Explorer beat out Dodge’s Durango and Jeep’s Grand Cherokee. But forget the well-fed journos who make up the NACOTY jury… […]

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Chevy’s Volt and Ford’s Explorer won North American Car and Truck of the year, a result which surprised precisely nobody here at Cobo Hall. The Volt beat out Nissan’s Leaf and Hyundai’s Sonata, while the Explorer beat out Dodge’s Durango and Jeep’s Grand Cherokee. But forget the well-fed journos who make up the NACOTY jury… […]

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Saab Fan Blog Inspires Official Award http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/saab-fan-blog-inspires-official-award/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/saab-fan-blog-inspires-official-award/#comments Fri, 06 Aug 2010 22:50:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362355 Anybody who made it through the last 12 months or so with their passion for the Saab brand intact deserves some kind of free psychological screening and endangered species protection award. Hell, anyone who made it through the last 20 years… you know what, this isn’t the moment for cynicism. Through the wrenching chaos of […]

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Anybody who made it through the last 12 months or so with their passion for the Saab brand intact deserves some kind of free psychological screening and endangered species protection award. Hell, anyone who made it through the last 20 years… you know what, this isn’t the moment for cynicism. Through the wrenching chaos of […]

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Chung Mong-Koo, Alan Mulally And Martin Winterkorn Named “Auto Executives Of The Year” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/chung-mong-koo-alan-mulally-and-martin-winterkorn-named-auto-executives-of-the-year/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/chung-mong-koo-alan-mulally-and-martin-winterkorn-named-auto-executives-of-the-year/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2010 19:03:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360739 According to the Korea Times, Automotive News has named its “Auto Executives Of The Year,” bestowing its North American honors upon Ford CEO Alan Mulally, its European award to VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, and its Asian award to Hyundai CEO Chung Mong-Koo. Mulally is credited with improving Ford’s US-market position during a sales downturn, while […]

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According to the Korea Times, Automotive News has named its “Auto Executives Of The Year,” bestowing its North American honors upon Ford CEO Alan Mulally, its European award to VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, and its Asian award to Hyundai CEO Chung Mong-Koo. Mulally is credited with improving Ford’s US-market position during a sales downturn, while […]

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Chart Of The Day: Domestic Content Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/ten-most-american-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/ten-most-american-cars/#comments Wed, 23 Jun 2010 22:45:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359431 These are the ten vehicles that NHTSA says are made from 90 percent domestically-produced components [via cars.com]. Notice a common thread there? Yes, the correct answer is Ford involvement, but according to cars.com, the task of crowning a “king of domestic content” isn’t as simple as NHTSA’s number. Cars.com doesn’t give away the secret recipe […]

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These are the ten vehicles that NHTSA says are made from 90 percent domestically-produced components [via cars.com]. Notice a common thread there? Yes, the correct answer is Ford involvement, but according to cars.com, the task of crowning a “king of domestic content” isn’t as simple as NHTSA’s number. Cars.com doesn’t give away the secret recipe […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Totally Unrelated Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-totally-unrelated-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-totally-unrelated-edition/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2009 22:47:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=338851 What’s that you say? Chrysler’s planning on spending $170 per projected vehicle sale on advertising next year? That could be as much as $1.4b! Well, we can’t give the Journey a prize for obvious reasons, but they do have a new Ram out this year… Truck Of The Year it is!

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What’s that you say? Chrysler’s planning on spending $170 per projected vehicle sale on advertising next year? That could be as much as $1.4b! Well, we can’t give the Journey a prize for obvious reasons, but they do have a new Ram out this year… Truck Of The Year it is!

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Strategic Vision’s “Total Value” Turkey List http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/strategic-visions-total-value-turkey-list/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/strategic-visions-total-value-turkey-list/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2009 15:35:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=337161 What do you say about a purported “Total Value Index” that includes such notable turkeys as Honda’s Insight, Mercedes’ R-Class, and Chrysler Aspen? No seriously, what do you say? Did nobody at Strategic Vision notice that the Aspen has been discontinued or that the Insight is actually less compelling than a Civic Hybrid? Besides, can […]

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What do you say about a purported “Total Value Index” that includes such notable turkeys as Honda’s Insight, Mercedes’ R-Class, and Chrysler Aspen? No seriously, what do you say? Did nobody at Strategic Vision notice that the Aspen has been discontinued or that the Insight is actually less compelling than a Civic Hybrid? Besides, can […]

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Canadian Car Of The Year Kerfluffle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/canadian-car-of-the-year-kerfluffle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/canadian-car-of-the-year-kerfluffle/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2009 20:04:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336913 Ah, car of the year (COTY) awards. The magical time of year when every magazine, website, and national auto journalist association decides that it has to make a definitive call on the best automobile that money can buy. And though nobody on the consumer end really takes these things seriously (when have you ever heard […]

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Ah, car of the year (COTY) awards. The magical time of year when every magazine, website, and national auto journalist association decides that it has to make a definitive call on the best automobile that money can buy. And though nobody on the consumer end really takes these things seriously (when have you ever heard […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Tomorrow’s Award Today Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-tomorrows-award-today-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-tomorrows-award-today-edition/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2009 20:12:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=335720 Time Magazine goes ahead and gives an unproven, unavailable vehicle a “Best Invention of 2009″ award.

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Time Magazine goes ahead and gives an unproven, unavailable vehicle a “Best Invention of 2009″ award.

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