ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine (RTM) announced its 12th Annual International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) winners at a black tie ceremony today. Held at the MGM Grand Detroit, RTM hosted more than 600 industry leaders and media on the eve of press week of the North American International Auto Show.
The car of the year is a distinction given in almost any country and within those country this award is often given by several organization such as auto show, consumer organization or industry peers. So don't be fooled by the fancy title.
A little surprise this morning for the car of the year, as the Cadillac CTS did not win it, but don’t worry it stays domestic with the other GM flagship, the Chevrolet Malibu.
Gallery 2008 Chevrolet Malibu
The Truck winner was a no brainer, already nominated in half of the car magazines, the Mazda CX-9:
Gallery 2008 Mazda CX-9
In 2007 there were lots and lots of debuts! And we are sure you know them all. We will try to make a short list of what we consider to be the best cars of 2007, or, in another words, how the TopSpeed’s dream garage will look like with cars unveiled in 2007.
The 2008 Toyota Tundra was named Motor’s Trend Truck of the year winning in front if cars like Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado or Dodge RAM. After days of testing, Motor Trend comes to a conclusion: "The new Toyota Tundra is now ready to take on any American-made pickup truck — on all levels."
Winners of the North American car of the year title will be announced on Jan. 13, the first press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. They will be chosen from: Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Malibu and Honda Accord for cars and Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and Mazda CX-9 for the trucks section.
Hyundai has scored a major coup, beating a field of the world’s best cars to win the 2007 CARSguide Car of the Year award with its diesel-powered i30 hatchback. Praised by the judging panel for its style, handling and performance features, the i30 was also voted CARSguide Green Car of the Year in recognition of its small turbodiesel’s frugal and eco-friendly performance.
The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid — the first General Motors vehicle to use the company’s all-new two-mode hybrid system — has been named Green Car Journal’s 2008 Green Car of the Year(R). The award was presented at a press conference this morning at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
And why isn;t this a surprise? The Audi’s supercar R8 was voted by Fifth Gear as the "car of the year." Next to it, the Fiat 500 was voted "Best Small Car of 2007", the Ford Mondeo - "Best Family Car of 2007" and the R8 was also voted as the "Best Fast Car of 2007."