The automotive industry love to distribute Awards. From the prestigious car of the year to the best door knob manufacturer. We will keep you informed on the most interesting ones.

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The 22nd and final round of the coveted WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) was held in the gambling hub of Macau this weekend, setting the stage for a Chevrolet world-first. The Chevy Cruze race cars went down in history by being the first ever Chevrolet or GM race outfit to win a double Championship in any FIA sanctioned World Championship series.

After finishing second in Race 1 at Macau, Yvan Muller took the Championship with 331 points – a full 55 points clear of his nearest rival, Gabriele Tarquini. The weekend proved to have a fairy tale ending to what was a stellar season for the Cruze race cars, finishing on the podium in no less than 21 of the 22 races, also ensuring Chevy the constructors’ title for 2010.

Credit also needs to go to Mullers teammates Alain Manu and Rob Huff for their performances this weekend and throughout the season. Unfortunately for Huff, he finished tied on points with Tarquini for second place in the championship, but had to cede the runner up spot to the Italian due to his higher number of victories during the season.

The competition was stiff from other manufacturers that included SEAT diesels and the BMW 320si, making Chevy’s achievement all the more satisfying.

Hit the jump for the drivers’ comments.

Source: GM USA

This much we know: the Ferrari 458 Italia isn’t having the year it was expected to have. With all the separate incidents involving burning 458 Italias all over the world, the supercar that was supposed to set Ferrari apart from its competitors has had to battle some pretty serious reliability issues, which, in the process, has tainted its standing as one of the pre-eminent supercars in recent memory.

Apparently, though, one British car magazine seems to think that the 458’s recent bout of “fire-itis” wasn’t enough reason for them not to pick the Ferrari supercar as this year’s Performance Car of the Year. The decision, short of saying, is a little questionable as far as we’re concerned. But since this is their award and they have free say over it, they can pretty much choose whatever car they deem as the best.

The field was particularly tough this year and was spread out to include cars from different segments. There were hot hatches, hybrids, sports cars, and supercars all in Auto Express’ ballot. Among the vehicles in the short list included the Skoda Fabia VRS , the Porsche GT3 RS , the BMW M3 Competition , the Mercedes SLS AMG , the Peugeot RCZ and the Audi R8 V10 Spyder .

In the end, one car stood above everybody else similar to how the stallion on its badge seems to tower over its competition. The Ferrari 458 Italia is Auto Express’ 2011 Performance Car of the Year, even if the choice was a curious one at best.

Check out how the 20 cars ended up in the standings after the jump.

Source: Auto Express
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Based on the ballots counted from the exhibitors at this years’ SEMA Show, the Camaro has been selected as the “Hottest Car” for 2010. The criteria included the number of aftermarket accessories available for that particular model and its popularity with exhibitors. There are a host of aftermarket accessories for most Chevrolet models, but none with as many as the Camaro – cementing its position at the top of the admiration list.

Products on show include those that enhance performance, convenience, appearance, and comfort. “More than any other venue, the cars exhibitors and attendees bring to SEMA embody the passion and excitement of car enthusiasts everywhere,” said John Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet Performance Cars marketing manager. “Based on the sheer number of Camaros displayed on the floor, and parked in the adjacent lots, the Camaro is clearly the hottest car of the show.”

We’ll be sure to bring you the pick of the bunch later this week.

Hit the jump for the award video.

Source: GM USA
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There is a rumor out there that sports cars aren’t reliable and that they should be used sparingly, for the fear of an expensive repair. That doesn’t seem to be the case, as thePorsche Boxster has been rated the most reliable car in the world, according to Consumer Report’s New 2010 Survey.

The smallest vehicle in thePorsche lineup has proven to be one of the best, as the magazine found predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, acceleration, predicted depreciation, and accident avoidance in the Boxster to be near flawless.

The Boxster’s big brother, the 911 , scored fairly good as well, although it was ranked as Porsche’s worst model. The 911 scored just about the same as the Boxster is most categories, but owner costs and fuel costs were considerably higher, while predicted reliability was a tad lower.

Porsche proved to be one of the only German automakers to score well in the survey. Mercedes-Benz , BMW , and Audi all came in the bottom ten, but that won’t stop us from loving them. The magazine ranked the high-performance M3 as the worst BMW of them all, with the 135i ranking highest.

Low ranking sports cars seemed to be a theme in the survey, as four companies found their sporty machines coming last. These include the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 , Mazda MX-5 Miata , Cadillac CTS-V , and the M3. Only one company, besides Porsche, had a sports car ranked on the top and that was Hyundai with the Genesis Coupe.

Hit the jump to read the press release.

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Dozens of automotive writers representing the Texas Auto Writers Association have just named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas.” Not a bad choice, as we found the new Jeep to be brilliant and a massive step forward for the company.

Jeep also managed to get the 2011 Wrangler Unlimited a trophy for being the “Mid-size SUV of Texas”. We’re not sure about this one, but to each their own, especially in the great state of Texas.

More than 40 members were given two-days of on- and off-road evaluation time with the Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler, as well as their competitors. Everything was taken into consideration, including exterior style, off-road ability, and the overall value and fuel efficiency.

Though it might seem like Chrysler had a big day already, more was yet to come, as the 2011 Dodge Ram Laramie Longhorn was named the “Truck of Texas.” The Ram swept every category it entered, dominating the competition.

Well done Chrysler . Texas sure does love you.

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This year has been a very successful year for both the Cayenne and the Panamera , with the newly launched SUV selling just under 30,000 units since its launch in May this year, and the luxury saloon in tow with just under 22,000 sales. These sentiments have been echoed by the awards they have managed to amass in such a short amount of time.

Judges and readers from the world’s top motoring magazines have put their opinions down on par during extensive surveys discussing the best cars for 2010 – in a plethora of categories. The guys at Porsche have much to be proud of with both cars taking home numerous accolades each. Both the Panamera and Cayenne have enjoyed the favor of knowledgeable journalists and the public alike, which goes to show just how popular they are.

Hit the jump to read all about the tons of awards presented to these two models.

Source: Porsche
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After Autocar voted the road-going 911 GT3 RS as Britain’s Best Drivers’ Car earlier this week, it comes as no surprise that it’s racing brother, the GT3 RSR clinched the title of the world’s most successful GT Racer.

From its debut in 2004 (996), the RSR has found winning ways, taking no less than six class victories in that season. Since then the precision machine has undergone numerous improvements on its way to 19 class and overall victories between 2007 and 2010.

“It’s impressive how the 911 GT3 RSR has developed from year to year. The lap times alone are astounding, because despite the restrictions imposed on us again and again by the regulations, the car just got faster every year,” says Porsche works driver Joerg Bergmeister, who celebrated the majority of his successes at the wheel of the RSR. For this reason, the five-time winner of the American Le Mans Series is not at all anxious about tackling the 2011 season: “When you finish a season you always think: now we’ve reached our limit, now the car’s gone as far as it can go. And then Porsche comes up with something new again. And I reckon it won’t be any different in 2011.”

Catch the full story after the jump.

Source: Porsche
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS

After driving Porsche ’s 911 GT3 RS earlier this year, it comes as no surprise that the weekly mag Autocar has voted it as Britain’s best drivers’ car for 2010.

With 320 kW and a staggering 430Nm of twist from its 3.8 liter boxer 6 engine, Porsche’s slim and trimmed down version of the GT3 is most definitely a worthy adversary in today’s tightly contested super sports car market. Donington Park was the battleground for what turned out to be a landslide victory for Zuffunhausen. Autocar’s Editor, Chas Hallett was quoted: “The Porsche 911 GT3 RS was a clear winner; each of our seven judges placed the car at the top of their list. On the day of our road and track testing at Donington, the GT3 RS’ drive was simply the most involving, enjoyable and satisfying of all the sports cars involved.”

The other cars involved formed quite an impressive list of machinery valued at just under £ 1 million. Autocar’s judging team also tested the line-up on some of the UK’s best driving roads before making their final decision to give on-road manners a fair say in the outcome.

Noble’s M600 came in second place, with judges praising its polished, surprisingly forgiving chassis and steering, the predictability of its handling and brutal straight-line speed. Third place went to the brilliant Ferrari 458 Italia , the fastest car on the day around the Donington circuit at 1min 15.9sec.

Source: Autocar
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Americans hate Toyota and they will never buy any of their cars again after all those lies, right? Absolutely not. This may be what some people would like everyone to think, but the truth of the matter is that, according to a consumer driven study developed by Intellichoice and AutoPacific, Toyota is at the top of the 2010 Motorist Choice Awards. Toyota and Lexus vehicles won nine out of the 30 available awards.

In its fifth year, the study gave awards to the Toyota Prius, Lexus RX Hybri d, Lexus IS , Toyota Sequoia ,Toyota Sienna , Toyota Yaris and theLexus LS . Over 42,000 people where pooled.

"From an emotional standpoint these awards are a reflection of how cars fit into people’s daily lives, the tasks they fulfill on a day-to-day basis and the image people have of their vehicles," says Charlie Vogelheim, Executive Editor of IntelliChoice.

The Motorist Choice Awards ranks cars by concepts, such as High Tech, Fun to Drive, and Value Car. Each different category was then broken down into Popular Brand and Premium Brand.

Other winners include the Audi A6, Volvo C30, and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

Hit the jump to see all the winners and the press release.

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For the first time in 2010, J.D Power and Associates has released their list of the best cars. This year’s winner is the Porsche , taking the top spot away from Lexus . The study measures IQS based on problems reported per 100 vehicles. The lower the score, the better the quality.

For the first time in awhile, domestic brands fared quite well, some even higher than import brands.

"Domestic automakers have made impressive strides in steadily improving vehicle quality, particularly since 2007," said David Sargent, vice president of global vehicle research at J.D. Power and Associates. "This year may mark a key turning point for U.S. brands as they continue to fight the battle against lingering negative perceptions of their quality."

According to J.D Power, the industrial average for quality is 109 problems per 100 vehicles. Domestic brands as a whole managed 108 problems per 100, one point better than imports, which averaged 109 for all you mathematicians.

Acura made quite an impression, finishing second in the study. The Japanese luxury brand went from 111 in 2009, to 86 problems per 100 vehicles in 2010. Porsche managed 83, Mercedes got 87, and Lexus was third with 88. Ford was fourth with 93 problems and Lincoln got 106, even though nobody really owns one. Toyota fell to 21st in the study, a massive fall from seventh.

Hit the jump for the complete survey.

Source: J.D Power

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