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Old 01-17-2004, 02:33 AM   #1
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News North American Car and Truck of the Year Winners Announced

As reported in its entirety by Yahoo Finanace:

Press Release Source: North American Car and Truck of the Year

North American Car and Truck of the Year Winners Announced
Sunday January 4, 12:20 pm ET


DETROIT, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada has selected the 2004 Toyota Prius as the 2004 North American Car of the Year and the 2004 Ford F-150 as the North American Truck of the Year.
The awards honor vehicles that establish new benchmarks in areas including design, innovation, safety and handling.

Now in their tenth year, they are the only independent, international awards in North America.

Instead of coming from a single publication they are given by veteran automotive journalists representing newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Most of those journalists have been covering the auto industry for at least two decades.

The winners were announced January 4th at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, although the auto show is not otherwise involved.

The jurors considered 17 cars and 13 trucks. The three car finalists were the Toyota Prius, Mazda RX-8 and Cadillac XLR. The three truck finalists were the Nissan Titan, the Ford F-150 and the Cadillac SRX.

The jurors voted early in December, sending their ballots to Richard Gabrys, the vice chairman of the accounting firm of Deloitte. Gabrys counted the ballots but kept the winners secret until the news conference, when the sealed envelopes containing the names of the winners were opened by Tony Swan, the executive editor of Car and Driver magazine and a juror.

The [Toyota] Prius received 298 points, compared to 167 for the RX-8 and 113 for the XLR.

The Ford F-150 received 317 points, compared to 249 for the Titan and 198 for the SRX.

A fact sheet follows, along with this year's eligible vehicles and a list of previous winners.

FACT SHEET

NAME - The awards are the "North American Car of the Year" and "North American Truck of the Year," not "Car of the Year."

WHO GIVES THE AWARDS? - This year the awards were given by a group of 49 full-time automotive journalists from Canada and the United States. While the awards are announced at the North American International Auto Show, the show does not give the awards.

HOW ARE THE AWARDS CHOSEN? - The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

ELIGIBILITY - Vehicles must be new or "substantially changed" from the previous model.

HOW DO THE JURORS VOTE? - Jurors are given 25 points to divide among cars and trucks. However, no more than 10 points may be given to a single vehicle. The ballots are counted by Deloitte. The three finalists in each category are released in mid-December but until the news conference in January only Richard Gabrys, the vice chairman of Deloitte, knows the winners.

HISTORY - The awards were started in 1993, were first given in January 1994, and were modeled after the Car of the Year in Europe. They are administered by a seven-person organizing committee and funded by dues paid by the jurors.

2004 ELIGIBLE VEHICLES

2004 NORTH AMERICAN CAR OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Acura TSX
Acura TL
Audi A8 L
BMW 5-Series
Cadillac XLR
Chevrolet Malibu
Chrysler Crossfire
Chrysler Pacifica
Jaguar XJ8/XJR
Mazda RX-8
Nissan Maxima
Nissan Quest
Pontiac GTO
Toyota Prius
Toyota Scion xB
Toyota Sienna
Volkswagen Phaeton


2004 NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

BMW X3
Cadillac SRX
Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet SSR
Dodge Durango
Ford F-150
GMC Canyon
Infiniti FX35/45
Lexus RX 330
Nissan Pathfinder Armada
Nissan Titan
Porsche Cayenne S/Cayenne Turbo
Volkswagen Touareg


PAST WINNERS

1994 North American Car of the Year - Mercedes-Benz C-Class
1994 North American Truck of the Year - Dodge Ram

1995 North American Car of the Year - Chrysler Cirrus
1995 North American Truck of the Year - Chevrolet Blazer

1996 North American Car of the Year - Chrysler minivans
1996 North American Truck of the Year - Ford F-150

1997 North American Car of the Year - Mercedes-Benz SLK
1997 North American Truck of the Year - Ford Expedition

1998 North American Car of the Year - Chevrolet Corvette
1998 North American Truck of the Year - Mercedes-Benz ML320

1999 North American Car of the Year - Volkswagen New Beetle
1999 North American Truck of the Year - Jeep Grand Cherokee

2000 North American Car of the Year - Ford Focus
2000 North American Truck of the Year - Nissan Xterra

2001 North American Car of the Year - Chrysler PT Cruiser
2001 North American Truck of the Year - Acura MDX

2002 North American Car of the Year - Nissan Altima
2002 North American Truck of the Year - Chevrolet TrailBlazer

2003 North American Car of the Year - Mini Cooper/Cooper S
2003 North American Truck of the Year - Volvo XC90

To view the information as presented go here; http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040104/desu011_1.html

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Old 01-18-2004, 05:48 PM   #2
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Janq,

I saw a new Colorado last night at the bar. It was the bronze color, extended cab 4WD and it had the big BFGoodrichKO's on it. I thought it was a pretty attractive package. I don't have much use for a large truck, so this will appeal to me.

<----As a S-10 owner, I would have to say I like this trucks looks. I will have to mosie to the dealership and see what's up. I hope they use the tried and true Hydramatic 4 spw/OD tranny and hopefully the I6 they used in the TrailBlazer.

Anyone else see one of these in person?
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Janq,

I saw a new Colorado last night at the bar. It was the bronze color, extended cab 4WD and it had the big BFGoodrichKO's on it. I thought it was a pretty attractive package. I don't have much use for a large truck, so this will appeal to me.

<----As a S-10 owner, I would have to say I like this trucks looks. I will have to mosie to the dealership and see what's up. I hope they use the tried and true Hydramatic 4 spw/OD tranny and hopefully the I6 they used in the TrailBlazer.

Anyone else see one of these in person?
The Colorado uses an I5: 3.5L I5, 20 - Valve, 220 @ 5600 Horsepower
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Old 01-18-2004, 07:18 PM   #4
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Janq,

I saw a new Colorado last night at the bar. It was the bronze color, extended cab 4WD and it had the big BFGoodrichKO's on it. I thought it was a pretty attractive package. I don't have much use for a large truck, so this will appeal to me.

<----As a S-10 owner, I would have to say I like this trucks looks. I will have to mosie to the dealership and see what's up. I hope they use the tried and true Hydramatic 4 spw/OD tranny and hopefully the I6 they used in the TrailBlazer.

Anyone else see one of these in person?
Early reports are that the new Colorado aka S-10 replacement (I remember when the S-10 first was introduced) is a very decent offering.

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Old 01-18-2004, 10:22 PM   #5
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The Colorado uses an I5: 3.5L I5, 20 - Valve, 220 @ 5600 Horsepower

Yep, edit, I was having a brain fart.

Anywho. It's still pricey for a now "medium" sized truck. ($24,000, 4x4, ext cab, Z71 package). You can get a decent 1500 with a 4.9 ext cab 4x4 auto for that.

If the Colorado now is a Z71, what is the Silverado? I've lost touch with GM lately.
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Old 01-19-2004, 12:21 AM   #6
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Z71 is nothing more than a trim package which includes upgraded suspension bits and a nice sized sticker on the rear fenders.

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