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Old 12-27-2006, 09:39 AM   #1
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.--AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE, America’s leading automotive lifestyle publication (www.automobilemag.com) and part of PRIMEDIA’s Consumer Automotive Group, today announced the winners of its 2007 awards for Automobile of the Year, Design of the Year, Man of the Year, and Technology of the Year.

The editors’ selections represent automotive achievements that combine outstanding innovation, forward thinking, and professional and personal achievement. The four winners will be featured in the pages of the February 2007 issue of AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE, available on newsstands beginning January 9, 2007.

The 2007 AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE winners are:




2007 Automobile of the Year: Volkswagen GTI – Editors judged that this sporting version of the fifth-generation Golf succeeds at fusing exciting performance and handling in an affordable and practical package. The GTI’s 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission propel the 2-door version to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds. All this, and the GTI will still return 30 miles to the gallon on the highway. With prices at the pump in constant flux, the GTI is the right car for the times.

“Our editorial team was unanimous in its decision that the Volkswagen GTI deserved this honor,” said Gavin Conway, editor-in-chief of AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE. “The latest GTI marks a return to form by Volkswagen, with a car that gives enthusiasts a great driving experience without sacrificing practicality, affordability and fuel efficiency. This is the performance car for a new generation of enthusiasts.”



Design of the Year: Aston Martin V8 Vantage – Also selected as an AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE All-Star for 2007, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage proves to the editors that, in an environment of ever-tightening safety regulations, it is still possible to craft an elegant and stimulating driving machine. Taking subtle cues from the design legacy of Aston Martin, the Vantage is respectful of the company’s history without being overly retro.

“Without question, the V8 Vantage is the best Aston Martin ever produced,” Conway said. “It is a hallmark of great design and arguably the best-looking car manufactured in the last couple of decades. Apart from its aesthetic appeal, the Vantage was selected for combining great looks with an outstanding driving experience.”

Man of the Year: Roger Penske – Roger Penske has been described as an icon and a fierce competitor, but the editors of AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE selected him for one reason: his tremendous list of personal and professional accomplishments. In 2006 alone, Penske Racing won its fourteenth Indy 500 and its first International Racing League championship. Penske’s United Auto Group currently ranks second among U.S. megadealers. Those accomplishments are in addition to his hero status in the city of Detroit, where he chaired the recent Super Bowl committee.

Conway said, “In selecting Roger Penske, we are not only celebrating his career accomplishments, but acknowledging that his impact will be felt within and outside of the automotive industry for years to come.”

Technology of the Year: Electronic Stability Control – Electronic Stability Control has finally come of age for enthusiast drivers. ESC works by monitoring a number of dynamic parameters and then intervenes electronically to help prevent a skid or loss of control.

“Earlier ESC systems seemed heavy-handed and took away from the driving experience,” said Conway. “But even the most demanding drivers on our staff agreed that this year’s Technology of the Year did not interfere with the dynamic rewards of spirited driving.”

Conway noted that enthusiast drivers often turn off the ESC in order to more fully explore the capabilities of a performance car. However, the editors at AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE put various systems through a challenging, rainy few days of performance driving and found that even under the worst driving conditions, the ESC never spoiled the driving experience.

The latest ESC systems mean that electronically controlled dynamic safety and driving pleasure are no longer mutually exclusive. Conway said that modern ESC systems, which will be standard on all cars
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:44 AM   #2
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Car honored for combination of affordability and performance

DETROIT - Automobile Magazine on Wednesday named the Volkswagen AG GTI as its 2007 car of the year, one of a series of year-end industry awards that automakers use to support their marketing efforts.

Gavin Conway, editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine, said the sporty version of the VW Golf, now in its fifth generation, was the unanimous pick of the magazine's senior editors because of the way it combined performance and affordability.

Starting at under $23,000, the 2007 GTI has a 200-horsepower, four-cylinder engine that takes the 2-door version to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. The GTI also gets highway fuel economy of 30 miles to the gallon, Conway said.

"It's a great car to drive as well as being an easy car to live with," he said.

Conway said he expected that the selection would generate some controversy among the readership of the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based magazine, with some readers questioning why it had not opted for a far more expensive car.

But, he said, the magazine had wanted to highlight "a more responsible approach to performance driving," taking into account factors such as fuel economy.

The magazine, owned by Primedia Inc., named the Aston Martin V8 Vantage its design of the year.

Conway said Aston Martin, a unit of Ford Motor Co., deserved credit for building its $110,000 two-seater sports car in a way that harkened back to classic designs while incorporating more stringent safety regulations.

"Without question, the V8 Vantage is the best Aston Martin ever produced," Conway said in a statement, calling it "arguably the best-looking design car in the last couple of decades."

Automobile Magazine, which has a circulation of 550,000, is one of several industry publications that offer various car and truck of the year awards.

Automakers compete fiercely for the honors and tend to quickly work them into their own advertising in a bid to sway potential buyers.

Motor Trend, also owned by Primedia, last month named the Toyota Motor Corp. Camry its 2007 car of the year.
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:08 PM   #3
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The GTI has racked up several honors this year. It was on Car and Driver's 10 best and now Automobile's car of the year. The 2.0L FSI engine was also listed on Ward's 10 best engines for 2006.



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Old 12-28-2006, 05:12 PM   #4
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it was enough to leave subaru (loved my wrx wagon) but there's just no competition anymore...price, quality and fun to drive GTI wins out.
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Old 12-28-2006, 06:05 PM   #5
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So funny. In 2007 the GTI will be silenced. Its fanboys will look longingly upon what is new... and back at their GTIs in mourning.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:34 PM   #6
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So funny. In 2007 the GTI will be silenced. Its fanboys will look longingly upon what is new... and back at their GTIs in mourning.
The only fanboys I see are in this forum. Check out the viper thread where they tear into how bad the interior is and claim the engine isn't efficient because it only makes 600 hp out of a 8.4L. Then, when VW comes up it is all about how bad the reliability is and how they don't care about nice interiors.

If Subaru hadn't been so tight lipped about the new Impreza, I might have held off a little longer. I have no idea what it is going to look like, what kind of power it will have, or what transmission will be in it. Cars coming out should be faster/better. It's evolution and competition of species.

Don't even get me started about how Subaru basically lost a sale because they bundled the tan leather (heinous) with the limited package. Add in the fact that you have to spend $32k on an impreza to get a 6 speed manual and bam, Subaru lost a loyal customer of 8 years. $28k for faux leather, sloppy handling, a bad transmission, and a great engine just isn't worth it. Maybe they'll fix this with the next iteration. The general public has no idea.

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Old 12-28-2006, 08:47 PM   #7
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The only fanboys I see are in this forum. Check out the viper thread where they tear into how bad the interior is and claim the engine isn't efficient because it only makes 600 hp out of a 8.4L. Then, when VW comes up it is all about how bad the reliability is and how they don't care about nice interiors.

If Subaru hadn't been so tight lipped about the new Impreza, I might have held off a little longer. I have no idea what it is going to look like, what kind of power it will have, or what transmission will be in it. Cars coming out should be faster/better. It's evolution and competition of species.

Don't even get me started about how Subaru basically lost a sale because they bundled the tan leather (heinous) with the limited package. Add in the fact that you have to spend $32k on an impreza to get a 6 speed manual and bam, Subaru lost a loyal customer of 8 years. $28k for faux leather, sloppy handling, a bad transmission, and a great engine just isn't worth it. Maybe they'll fix this with the next iteration. The general public has no idea.

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Old 12-28-2006, 11:37 PM   #8
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i really hope the next WRX is something special, honestly. I haven't posted much here in the 4 or so years since I first checked it out after getting my bugeye, but this is something I feel pretty strong about. VW just happened to build the equivalent of what the WRX was back in late '01 when I got my car (if that makes sense) - I'm returning from being stationed overseas in Japan the past couple of years and needed to get something now.

My GF, her dad and after some convincing my dad all bought subarus soon after I got mine. They all saw how much I enjoyed it, how it made you feel like you really belonged and owned something special. That was 5 or so years ago and the WRX update just didn't occur soon enough for me to consider it. Aside from the .5L upgrade not much else has changed - the seats got worse in my opinion.

It's funny how guilty I feel for leaving subaru...not a day went by that I didn't think about the day when I would return to the states and get another WRX. But when it came time to get a car, the new GTI was better in every aspect that I care about in cars. We'll see about the reliability, 'cause that was a great thing about my wagon...no probs, and the service at the dealer was excellent.

I'll be the first in line to test drive a new WRX once the update is released, and I truly hope that subaru takes a good look at what makes the GTI so great.

FWIW - I now drive an '07 GTI 4 door with the moonroof and sirius package. 4500 miles when I bought it 'used' for $21k out the door.
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i really hope the next WRX is something special, honestly. I haven't posted much here in the 4 or so years since I first checked it out after getting my bugeye, but this is something I feel pretty strong about. VW just happened to build the equivalent of what the WRX was back in late '01 when I got my car (if that makes sense) - I'm returning from being stationed overseas in Japan the past couple of years and needed to get something now.

My GF, her dad and after some convincing my dad all bought subarus soon after I got mine. They all saw how much I enjoyed it, how it made you feel like you really belonged and owned something special. That was 5 or so years ago and the WRX update just didn't occur soon enough for me to consider it. Aside from the .5L upgrade not much else has changed - the seats got worse in my opinion.

It's funny how guilty I feel for leaving subaru...not a day went by that I didn't think about the day when I would return to the states and get another WRX. But when it came time to get a car, the new GTI was better in every aspect that I care about in cars. We'll see about the reliability, 'cause that was a great thing about my wagon...no probs, and the service at the dealer was excellent.

I'll be the first in line to test drive a new WRX once the update is released, and I truly hope that subaru takes a good look at what makes the GTI so great.

FWIW - I now drive an '07 GTI 4 door with the moonroof and sirius package. 4500 miles when I bought it 'used' for $21k out the door.
Glad you are happy with you purchase. The GTI is a great car, and I think I might choose the GTI over the aging WRX as well if I were in the market for a new car right now.

Well, probably not, but you see my point.
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The MS3 would definately be my pick for Car of the Year... fast, handles great, well equipped for 22-25K (w/leather). My wife and I just purchased a mica black '07 and LOVE it. We test drove the Sportwagon and GTI 5 door and the Mazda provided WAY more smiles per dollar. Just my .02.
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The MS3 would definately be my pick for Car of the Year... fast, handles great, well equipped for 22-25K (w/leather). My wife and I just purchased a mica black '07 and LOVE it. We test drove the Sportwagon and GTI 5 door and the Mazda provided WAY more smiles per dollar. Just my .02.
I agree... VW lost my business back in 99 and I haven't ever regretted it.

Subaru's "problem" right now is that it's a year out of cycle with the other manufacturers. Sure the Impreza is long-in-tooth but I really think the VW interiors leave a lot to be desired too, just in a different way. I say hooray for VW and Mazda, we had our "banner year" in 01, and I have a feeling CY07 (MY08) will be another

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2007 ?? It's not even 2007 yet.
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So funny. In 2007 the GTI will be silenced. Its fanboys will look longingly upon what is new... and back at their GTIs in mourning.

like subaru doesn't have fanboi's, come on admit the GTI is a nice car.
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like subaru doesn't have fanboi's, come on admit the GTI is a nice car.
it does... and it is...
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Sweet! The right car for the times is 0.6s slower to 60 and gets 1 less highway mpg than the POS Mitsubishi Eclipse of 10 years ago. The car of the year is an overweight lump made "cool" through heavy iMac-type advertising. Awesome! I will admit it's a nice car, but it isn't sporty.. at all.
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Hehe, I love my GTi... something should be said about any FWD that can drift a corner when you want to... STOCK!

Car is simply awesome out of the box for content vs. price.
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Hehe, I love my GTi... something should be said about any FWD that can drift a corner when you want to... STOCK!

Car is simply awesome out of the box for content vs. price.
Comments like this have made me wonder if I haven't been too hard on VW...

...then I open my new Grassroots Motorsports (Feb '07) and read everything I've come to expect from today's VW is true. They even go so far as to mention why it is you can "drift" your stock GTi. Excellent turn in response followed by unanswered body roll and a vague lack of response beyond 5/10ths. Yeah, sounds like a natural "drift" car.
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my best friend just got a gti MKV and i drove it and found the interior heaps better than that in my wrx. (i have a MY02). it handles really nicely, he had the DSG in it and i really liked the ride as well. i actually prefer the handling on my wrx a little bit more, but the gti has power when it needs it. afterwards we headed up to a local mountain pass just to cruise (him in his gti, i in my wrx). afterwards he told me he was surprised that i kept up with him the whole time. haha. the gti is fast, but not THAT fast.
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