Monday, January 09, 2006

ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine Announces 2006 International Car of the Year Awards Winners

DETROIT, Jan. 7 PRNewswire ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine (RTM) announced its10th Annual International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) winners at a blacktie ceremony today. Held at the Detroit Marriott Hotel, RTM hosted more than600 industry leaders and media on the eve of press week of the North AmericanInternational Auto Show. A jury of 12 nationally-renowned automotive journalists selected the Top10 automobiles with ballots tabulated by J.D. Power and Associates. And the winners are: * Car of the Year: Dodge Charger * Truck of the Year: Hummer H3 * Pick Up Truck of the Year: "Most Athletic" Honda Ridgeline * Sports Car of the Year: "Most Sex Appeal" Pontiac Solstice * Sedan of the Year: "Most Dependable" Hyundai Sonata * Luxury Car of the Year: "Most Respected" Mercedes-Benz CLS500 * Minivan of the Year: "Most Compatible" Honda Odyssey * Entry Level Car of the Year: "Most Spirited" Audi A3 * Crossover of the Year: "Most Versatile" Dodge Magnum SRT8 * SUV of the Year: (Tie) "Most Resourceful" Ford Explorer and Range Rover Sport "The ICOTY awards focus on the emotional connection between car andconsumer; how vehicles reflect our lifestyles and self image, an attitude theaverage consumer can identify with," says RTM Editor-In-Chief CourtneyCaldwell. RTM also recognized veteran automotive journalist David E. Davis, Jr. withits third annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Described as "the dean ofAmerica's automotive critics" by Time Magazine, Davis is widely recognized asthe guru of the automobile industry. RTM also presented its second annualHEART STRING Award for best car commercial in 2005 for the Nissan 350Z. ICOTY sponsors included DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Detroit MarriottHotel, Shell Oil, Dolby Laboratories, Ford Motor Company, General MotorsCorporation, OnStar, Hyundai Motor America, Subaru of America, AmericanSuzuki, BMW NA, American Honda, Nissan NA, and U-Haul International. Mediasponsors included MSN Autos, and About ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine, established in 1989, is a comprehensive onlinemagazine specializing in automotive, travel and personal safety topics. RTMprovides content and resources from which consumers can make informed andintelligent decisions regarding their automotive, travel and personal safetyneeds. For more information, visit . SOURCE: ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine Always remember to visit for latest deals available Gary Rome Hyundai , Hyundai Accessory Store and Hyundai Performance Auto Parts.

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