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knicks125
01-13-2008, 04:01 PM
Malibu and CX-9

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/01/13/malibu-and-cx-9-win-north-american-car-truck-of-the-year/

Player4
01-14-2008, 09:13 PM
DETROIT (AP) The Chevrolet Malibu and the Mazda CX-9 were chosen as the car and truck of the year at the North American International Auto Show.

The awards were presented Sunday, the first day of media previews for the show. It opens to the public on Saturday.

It was the second major award for the CX-9 crossover, which was named Motor Trend's 2008 sport utility of the year in October.

"The CX-9 was designed for North America, and I think the award is recognition that the team delivered on the promise," Mazda Executive Vice President Robert Graziano said.

Bob Lutz, General Motors Corp.'s vice chairman of product development, said GM is rapidly trying to add more production capacity to keep up with demand for the Malibu.

"It's gone way beyond our expectations," he said.

Four of the six finalists for the awards were GM products.

The Malibu, Cadillac CTS and Honda Accord were finalists for car of the year, while the CX-9, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid were finalists for truck of the year.

GM was a double winner in 2007, while Honda Motor Co. captured both honors the year before.

To be considered for the coveted honor, which often is used in automakers' advertising, vehicles must be new or substantially changed from the previous model. More than 50 new vehicles were eligible this year, but jurors winnowed that list to 15 cars and 13 trucks.

The winners were selected by a jury of 46 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. Jurors consider a variety of factors, including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value.

The North American honors have been given annually since 1994.

swizzle
01-15-2008, 01:27 PM
Malibu: Great leap forward for GM and deserves the award.
CX9: Whaaaaat? Really? Hmm.

FRDesign
01-21-2008, 04:57 PM
Malibu: Great leap forward for GM and deserves the award.
CX9: Whaaaaat? Really? Hmm.I agree. The Tahoe Hybrid DEFINATLEY should have won. Its a huge step forward in Hybrid Technology.

IcedG35
01-30-2008, 04:37 AM
I agree. The Tahoe Hybrid DEFINATLEY should have won. Its a huge step forward in Hybrid Technology.

I agree that it's a more important vehicle than the CX-9, but I don't think they took it far enough. They should've figured out a way to get it into the 30's, or at least mid 20. Hardly breaking 20 mpg isn't really a great attention getter IMO.

FRDesign
02-02-2008, 08:18 AM
I agree that it's a more important vehicle than the CX-9, but I don't think they took it far enough. They should've figured out a way to get it into the 30's, or at least mid 20. Hardly breaking 20 mpg isn't really a great attention getter IMO.You do realize that it weighs almost 6000 lbs, has 332 HP, and can tow 6000 lbs. It gets 24 MPG.

Its Bringing hybrid technology to use in stuff which normally gets around 14 MPG. Thats a big deal

ndjan
12-19-2008, 02:14 AM
Did you guys see the 2009 nominations? The Gt-R missed the finals to... the Jetta TDI. That's a shock. At least the Genesis made the finals.

JBlair
12-20-2008, 07:28 AM
Did you guys see the 2009 nominations? The Gt-R missed the finals to... the Jetta TDI. That's a shock. At least the Genesis made the finals.

Its not that surprising or shocking. The GT-R is not only politically incorrect (it belches CO2 out at a rate greater than most SUVs), but its also a car most people can't afford and would never consider. And even though its an amazing car, lets be honest here, it hasn't really moved the needle much in terms of importance in the marketplace. Its just another car that 95% of the population can't afford, and a car that doesn't add anything significant to the market.

ndjan
12-26-2008, 07:46 PM
Its not that surprising or shocking. The GT-R is not only politically incorrect (it belches CO2 out at a rate greater than most SUVs), but its also a car most people can't afford and would never consider. And even though its an amazing car, lets be honest here, it hasn't really moved the needle much in terms of importance in the marketplace. Its just another car that 95% of the population can't afford, and a car that doesn't add anything significant to the market.

It's important in the sense that it is a big halo car for Nissan. The fact that it outperforms the 911 turbo at about half the price will help usher in affordable performance for the masses. While NACOTY winners have been affordable lately, that isn't always the case. Jaguars, Vettes, and other highbrow cars have won or been nominated.