I’ve already given the introduction to how much Texans love their trucks and how every year the Texas Auto Writers Association gathers to crown the winner; the coveted “Truck of Texas” award. Now let’s get down to some results.
Besides the main award, there were 17 other categories that each of the 75 vehicles fell into. These consisted of titles like “Midsized Crossover Utility Vehicles” and “Luxury Pickup Trucks.” Awards were also given for best connectivity, best powertrain, and best technology.
Each vehicle was subjected to a battery of tests that measured its ability to perform its intended function, whether that be towing, going off road, surrounding its occupants in luxury, or proving a great all-round family hauler. The vehicles were all competing within their respective category for the win.
So which truck, SUV, or crossover took home the Truck of Texas award? Continue reading to find out.
Not much goes together quite like Texas and trucks. It’s the U.S.’ largest truck market by a long shot and it’s plain to see as you peruse any given parking lot. Texans love their trucks. That’s why the Texas Auto Writers Association crowns a Truck of Texas winner every year after an extensive evaluation process.
As a member of TAWA, I spent the better part of a week in the dusty hills outside San Antonio testing 75 contenders vying for the prized top spot. Eighteen automakers from around the world were in attendance, the majority bringing more than a handful of vehicles.
Ground zero for testing was the famed Knibbe Ranch, with hundreds of acres of sprawling across the Lonestar state. Muddy creek crossings and rocky hill climbs, combined with twisty country roads and newly paved highways provided the test beds. Those trucks, SUVs and crossovers brave enough to tackle the off-road section were subjected to rock-strewn dirt roads that punished suspension parts and underbody skidplates. More road-biased crossovers were thrown around narrow roads and up steep hills. The new pavement along the Texas highway was still covered in loose asphalt with orange caution cones proving a tempting (yet highly illegal) slalom course. Thankfully no one attempted that obstacle.
The 60 journalists judging the event had a huge decision to make. What truck, SUV or crossover would be crowned the Truck of Texas? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. We’ll announce the top winner and the winners of sub-categories on Wednesday.
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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 Hybrid, 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.
Lexus is celebrating double success in the 2008 Fleet World Honours, winning the Security Award and, for the second year running, the Best Luxury Car title for the LS.
The Security Award reflects Lexus’s attention to detail in providing the highest levels of protection against theft of or from its vehicles, a commitment that is also recognised by high ratings from Thatcham, the UK insurance industry’s research body.
George Emmerson, chairman of the judging panel, said Lexus “does more than anyone else in the market” in terms of effective anti-theft provisions.
Retaining its Best Luxury Car title confirms the Lexus LS’s status as a flagship limousine that delivers exceptional comfort, refinement and technical brilliance, not least in the seamless performance of the hybrid power LS 600h.
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today earned a record 11 segment awards in the 2006 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study(SM). The study measures problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. Toyota and Lexus vehicles garnered 11 segment awards, more than any other corporation and a record for the most segment awards in one study. For the ninth consecutive year, Lexus had the most problem-free vehicle overall in the study as the LS 430 luxury sedan tied for (...)