Every year since 1979, Source Interlink Media compatriot magazine Motor Trend conducts testing to determine which truck created for that model year deserves the title of “Best Truck of the Year” based on six different criteria: Value, Safety, Efficiency, Engineering Excellence, Design Advancement, and Performance of Intended Function. The Dodge Ram has officially become the first truck to win that title two years in a row. The exciting announcement was made at what is considered the birthplace of Ram Trucks – the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan – after the Ram 1500 was put to the test against eight competitors, all of which were subjected to a battery of exercises. Competition included both trucks and vans including the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram Heavy Duty, Toyota Tundra, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Nissan NV200, and Ram ProMaster – all vehicles which are new or significantly updated for the model year. All nine trucks … [Read more...] about Dodge Ram Named Motor Trend’s Back-to-Back “Best Truck of the Year”
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Every year since 2006, we at Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords have gathered around the office to go through every issue of the calendar year and determine what the top 10 featured Mustangs were. It’s not an easy job. Inevitably we end up arguing until someone, if not everyone, is red in the face. When it comes to the iconic pony car, there’s a more than one way to have fun in them. Whether you hit the strip, tear up the autocross, or simply cruise your Mustang down the highway to car shows, we all have our own ways of playing with our pride and joy. From the beloved four-eyed Fox to the all-new S550 Mustang, we all drool over every generation of the late-model Mustang. Despite the vast differences in the build philosophy, each of these cars has one thing in common: the passion each owner poured into their car. That’s something that many deep pocket luxury-car owners will probably never understand, but to us, it’s second nature. As you can guess, emotions run … [Read more...] about Top 10 Mustangs of 2015: Looking Back at Our Best Stangs of the Year
Ferrari's 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 wins overall Engine of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Ferrari’s decision to take the turbocharged route with its engines may not have gone down very well with car enthusiasts, but it sure is turning out to be one of the greatest powertrains of all time. That’s because - for the second time running - the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 from Maranello has bagged the International Engine of the Year award. Not only that, the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that does duty in the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB, California T and GTC4 Lusso, was also crowned the Performance Engine of the Year, while it also earned top honours in its class as it won the Best Engine of the Year in 3.0- to 4.0-litre category. The day kept on getting better for Ferrari at the awards ceremony since its 6.3-litre V12 (offered with the F12 Berlinetta/ F12 tdf) was also adjudged the Best Engine of the Year in ‘Above 4.0-litre’ category. In other … [Read more...] about 2017 International Engine of the Year award winners
I’m not big on ceremony. Throw in a couple of blowhard politicians, a bevy of self-congratulatory industry execs and a swarm of self-important journalist jackals; and meetings like the 12th Annual International Car of the Year Awards are like kryptonite to my modest superpowers. The invitation from the friendly folks at Road and Travel Magazine read, “Regrets not Required.” In my case, regret was inevitable. Still, I donned a monkey suit and took one for the team with as much enthusiasm as I approached my first doctor’s visit after my fortieth birthday. Fortunately my doctor was quick and his gentle finger was warm, so that experience was not as bad as I had grimly anticipated. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the green-themed ICOTY award pageant.If you are thinking, I know C&D, MT and R&T, but what the hell is RTM, it’s probably because you aren’t a woman. Road & Travel Magazine was founded in 1989 by the lovely Courtney … [Read more...] about Detroit’s International Award of the Year Awards
Ah, car of the year (COTY) awards. The magical time of year when every magazine, website, and national auto journalist association decides that it has to make a definitive call on the best automobile that money can buy. And though nobody on the consumer end really takes these things seriously (when have you ever heard someone say they bought a car because it was (institution name here’s) COTY?), the folks in charge of these awards get incredibly intense about their mission. Take the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and its self-righteous rage at a Canadian journalist, Michael Banovsky, who had the gall to report that the Canadian COTY competition removes perfect scores (as revealed in the judge training webinar video above). The AJAC immediately demanded a retraction, clarifying what their video didn’t: No votes were thrown out, but rather if any appear as a 10, they are “discounted” to 9.9 during tabulation by the international accounting … [Read more...] about Canadian Car Of The Year Kerfluffle
recently asked our Best and Brightest to show us their favorite car ads of all time, and we all wasted the rest of the day staring at old Youtube clips of some of the best auto spots of all time. But what was the best car ad to come out in 2009? According to Automotive News [sub], Nielsen IAG Automotive has awarded this Kia Soul ad the prize of “Automotive Ad of the Year for effectiveness” for 2009. But was it really the best? Be sure to include your own nominations for the best car ad of ’09 in your comments. … [Read more...] about Is This The Best Car Ad Of The Year?
As Japan stares in the abyss, things are looking up for the U.S. auto market. Traffic at dealers is up, people are buying, cautiously. Based on transaction data from more than 8,900 dealers in the U.S., J.D.Power projects that this October will be the year’s strongest month –but not by a whole lot.Based on the numbers they have so far, J.D.P. sees total light-vehicle sales in October at 922,700 units, 14 percent higher than October 2009. Fleet sales in October are expected to be up 3 percent from one year ago, representing an 18 percent share of total sales. Power thinks total SAAR will be 11.9m units, up slightly from 11.7m units in December, and up 1.5m units from the dark days of October 2009.Jeff Schuster of J.D.P. detects signs of strengthening consumer sentiment, despite all odds: “Despite the drag from high unemployment and lower incentive levels, improvement in the automotive market continues in October, suggesting that consumers are discounting … [Read more...] about J.D. Power: October Best Month Of The Year, But Nothing To Write Home About
JCP writes:So here’s the least sexy question of the year. For those of us with the need for six seats (and climbing over the middle row of an SUV is unacceptable) what is your take on the reasonable lifespan of the current minivan lineup? I’m curious what you can expect to be a reasonable number of miles on a Caravan, Oddessy or Sienna if you were to be traveling 900 miles on Christmas Eve or New Years Day? Breakdowns with a family of six in this situation can get very expensive fast, so replacing the vehicle before it breaks can make financial sense. How far would you recommend pushing it?Assumptions; minivans are purchased new and all regular maintenance is done. Do you have any thoughts on the various models and do any of them have timebombs under the hood?Sajeev answers:I hate answering questions like this. And not because they aren’t sexy, I think that damn near anyone can make a minivan look sexy. It’s all about being comfortable with yourself and a … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: The Least Sexy Question of The Year?
The Chevrolet Bolt was named the North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show today. Journalists also saw fit to bestow the honor of Truck of the Year to Honda’s Ridgeline, while the Chrysler Pacifica — which is a minivan — was crowned as 2017’s best “Utility Vehicle.”The trifecta was recognized this morning in the Cobo Center’s atrium in front of a crowd of automotive journalists and industry executives, launching the next two days of press previews at the North American International Auto Show.Chevrolet’s Bolt is the first electric vehicle offered for under $40,000 to manage a range better than 200 miles on a single charge. Already making Car and Driver’s Top Ten List and taking Motor Trend’s Car of the Year nod, scoring the 23rd annual NACTOY award is another notch in its belt.With a the list of competing finalists encompassing hypermiling hybrids and purebred sports coupes, the Bolt … [Read more...] about NAIAS 2017: Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica, and Honda Ridgeline Take 2017 Car of the Year Awards
The preliminary list of semifinalists of the 2015 North American Car & Truck of the Year is out and oddly, Volkswagen didn’t make the list.General Motors sports four car of the year nominees, including the Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Camaro, Malibu and Volt while Tesla’s Model X is up for Truck/Utility of the year. Automotive journalists — 57 of them, in fact — will vote on the cars in October.The winners will be announced in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.Here is the list of nominees (our predictions) in no particular order — or perhaps alphabetical:Car of the YearBMW 7 Series (10 to 1 — The last BMW to win was Mini in 2003 and voting for BMW is like cheering for the Yankees.)Cadillac CT6 (5 to 2 — Cadillac has won COTY once in its 23-year history, in 2012 for the ATS. If they chopper one of these over the testing ground in Michigan, they could significantly improve their odds.)Chevrolet Camaro (3 to 2 … [Read more...] about North American Car, Truck of the Year Semi-finalists Announced, Let’s Debate