North American Car and Truck of the Year Winners
Although the odds were stacked in their favor, GM didn't sweep the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards as many expected. Of the six finalists (Cadillac CTS, the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Buick Enclave, Mazda CX-9 and Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid) four were from The General's stable. But a dark horse stole one event. Oh right, sorry. I know the tension's killing you. Right. The North American Car of the Year is the car you can't buy: the Chevrolet Malibu. The NA Truck of the Year is the crossover that thinks it's a truck the Mazda CX-9. There was a bit of murmuring about Malibu getting the award over the CTS, since the Malibu is essentially a reskinned Aura and the Aura won last year. But the judges seemed to think the new Malibu was such an improvement over the previous dismal piece of shit that it deserved recognition. (Apparently the CTS wasn't that much of an improvement.) How the CX-9 made it over the media darling Tahoe Hybrid is still a mystery– although it pays to keep in mind (so to speak) that Mazda is a Ford brand. Meanwhile, the event planners spent most of the opening ceremonies this morning patting themselves on the back, congratulating themselves on what a fine job they think they did this year. Fair enough?
[Reporters: Sajeev Mehta and William C. Montgomery]
Mazda is not a ford brand, because ford doesn`t do any engineering for mazda, while mazda does most for ford. Sooner ford is a mazda brand. Just because some fat assed Murdocks have bought shares, doesn`t make the kin.
The Malibu may turn out to be a decent car. It took a long while before I started to see Fusions after its introduction.
2 NACOTY back-to-back awards with just 1 car? Must be some mind-altering substances in those press cars.