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12-31-2004, 06:40 PM
<B>Automobile Magazine Announces Its 2005 All-Stars</B> <p><I><B>Automobile Magazine Announces Its 2005 All-Stars</B><br>Automobile Magazine Announces Its 2005 All-Stars Editors Award <br>Outstanding Performance in 13 Categories <p> <br>December 20, 2004 -- New York, NY -- Automobile Magazine, America's leading automotive lifestyle publication, today announced the winners of the 2005 Automobile Magazibe All-Stars awards, recognizing outstanding performance in 13 categories. The recipients are featured in the 2005 February issue, on newsstands January 11, 2005.<p>"The industry as a whole has really stepped up to the plate with some of the most innovative and exciting vehicles and ideas weve seen in a long time," said Jean Jennings, editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine. "We're proud to recognize this year's All-Stars for their outstanding contributions to the evolving automotive industry and to our daily lives."<p>For 2005, Automobile Magazine created a new category, the All-Stars Team, honoring seven industry leaders for their significant contributions: <p> Ulrich Bez  CEO, Aston Martin<br> Ralph Gilles  Design Director, Chrysler<br> Tony Kanaan  IRL Champion<br> Mike Neal  Development Engineer, Chevrolet Corvette<br> Jim Press  Executive VP and COO, Toyota Motor Sales<br> David Richards  Former Team Principal, BAR-Honda<br> Michael Schumacher  Formula 1 Champion<p>This year, top honors went to vehicles from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Toyota. The 2005 AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE All-Stars are:<p><B> Automobile of the Year:</B> Chrysler 300C - At a time when the American auto industry needs heroes, the 300C wins the medal of honor, hands down. Chryslers 340-hp, Hemi-headed honey has taken America by storm.<p><B> All-Star Coupe:</B> BMW M3  The M3's 333 hp is a lot, and so is nearly $50,000 - but the M3 is worth every penny because it rewards every bit of skill a driver puts into it.<p><B> All-Star Family Car:</B> Subaru Legacy  The Legacy beat out the competition because it can be all things to all people: a refined, high-quality, comfortable freeway cruiser and a sporty back-roads car, with fine steering and brakes and a sweet shifter. <p><B> All-Star Luxury Sedan:</B> Audi A8L  The A8L is impossible to ignore, to resist, or, for the foreseeable future, to surpass. Driving it is a no-fuss experience, and it engagingly does anything and everything asked.<p><B> All-Star Minivan:</B> Honda Odyssey  Toyota, Nissan, and Chrysler have threatened the champ's reign, but the all-new 2005 Odyssey delivers another knockout punch to the segment. <p><B> All-Star Pickup:</B> Toyota Tacoma  The new Tacoma is the best truck in its set, offering more configurations than any competitor, with refinement and impressive engineering. <p><B> All-Star Small Car:</B> Mazda 3  This compact sedan has an attractive price and a spacious cabin, and enthusiastic drivers can enjoy it on roads where poise matters more than trunk volume. <p><B> All-Star Sports Car:</B> Chevrolet Corvette  The sixth-generation Corvette yanks at the heartstrings of enthusiasts and turns heads wherever it goes. The car is so good that anyone can be a hero in it.<p><B> All-Star Sport-utility Vehicle:</B> Cadillac SRX  With edgy styling that distinguishes it from its boxlike brethren, the driver-centric SRX is an uncompromising blend of performance and utility. <p><B> All-Star Sport Sedan:</B> Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR  This vehicle offers major grunt, great gobs of grip, four doors, five seats, visceral performance coupled with a remarkably supple ride, and great fun, all at a price your CPA could love.<p><B> All-Star Design:</B> BMW 6-series  This dramatic, functional, and exciting automobile stands out like a swan in a gaggle of geese. <p><B> All-Star Technology:</B> Audi DSG  The Audi TT is the first to market with what could be the transmission of the future: the Direct-Shift Gearbox designed by BorgWarner, which combines the best features of manuals and automatics. <p><B>Criteria and Evaluation</B> <br>The Automobile Magazine All-Stars are chosen by the Automobile Magazine staff, its worldwide bureau chiefs, and its contributors, following a three-day test drive of the year's most innovative and important new cars. Vehicles eligible to be considered for the Automobile of the Year award combine the following traits:<p> Redefines an existing category or creates a new market segment<br> Offers excellent value and performance for the money<br> Is an exceptional design<br> Offers pure driving enjoyment<p>The award decisions are not made through an instrumented test process. After the 1000-mile road trip, winners are determined by a round-table discussion that results in a vote for the winner. <p><B>About Automobile Magazine</B><br>Automobile Magazine, a PRIMEDIA publication, was founded in 1986 by veteran automotive journalist David E. Davis, Jr., and has a circulation of 645,000 and a total readership of 4 million. Recipient of more editorial awards than any other major automotive publication, Automobile Magazine is designed to appeal to the interests of passionate automotive enthusiasts. Its diverse editorial mix includes behind-the-wheel experiences in the worlds most fascinating cars, as well as personalities, travel destinations, automotive art, vintage cars and industry trends.<br></I><p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.AutoDeadLine.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.AutoDeadLine.com</A><p><br><i>Modified by J.B. at 8:45 PM 12/31/2004</i><p><br><i>Modified by J.B. at 8:47 PM 12/31/2004</i><p><br><i>Modified by J.B. at 8:48 PM 12/31/2004</i><BR><BR>
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01-01-2005, 08:17 AM
move over to the vehicle awards thread<p>I agree with most of the above "all-stars", with a few exceptions <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">