January 10, 2003

Autoweek announces Editors’ Choice Awards

Detroit, Michigan – Dutch Mandel, editor and Associate Publisher of AutoWeek magazine, announced the AutoWeek Editors’ Choice Awards at the AutoWeek Design Forum during the Detroit auto show media days.

The winning vehicles in the AutoWeek Editors’ Choice Awards, as selected from the 2003 North American International Auto Show by the magazine’s editorial staff, are:

Most Fun – Aston Martin V8 Vantage: “Put a 4.3-litre V8 in a tidy sports car package, trim it out in beautiful detail and they’ll make enthusiasts salivate,” said AutoWeek Executive Editor Kevin Wilson. “Applying traditional Aston Martin themes in new ways on a smaller scale, designer Henrik Fiskar has shaped an alluring body for this challenger to the Porsche 911 and Ferrari 360 Modena. With an expected price in the low $100,000 range, it’s a third less expensive than the company’s other two models with their V12 engines, bringing the company’s design and performance into reach of more consumers. As for us, we can’t wait to drive it.”

Best Concept – Ford 427: “With a big-displacement engine out in front of the driver, plenty of room inside and plenty of power to the rear wheels, the 427 concept reminds us what was best about the American family sedan,” said Wilson. “It’s the leading indicator of a trend in Detroit to celebrate its own strengths. The 427-cubic inch engine displacement has pleasant associations for muscle-car fans, though this engine is a V10 rather than the V8 of yore.”

Most Significant – Mustang GT: “Technically a concept car, this is really a thinly disguised preview of the Mustang that Ford is preparing for 2004. Its significance resides in the way it recaptures the original spirit of Mustang of the late 1960s,” said Wilson. “Updated for the 21st century both mechanically and in design detail, this car will keep the pony car magic alive after many had given up on the notion. A true American cultural icon, an all-new Mustang is as significant a turn of events for car enthusiasts as was the revival of the Mini or the New Beetle.”

Best in Show – Cadillac Sixteen: “Five or 10 years from now when we look at the ’03 North American International Auto Show, this is the car we will remember as its star,” said Wilson. “Taking a cue from the V16 Cadillac engine of the 1930s, GM’s team put a stunner on the show floor. Exactly the kind of bold stroke Cadillac needs to make, and keep making, to re-establish itself amongst the world’s premier automakers, the Sixteen arrives at just the right time, in the same show with the U.S. debuts of the Mercedes-Benz Maybach, the Bentley GT and the Rolls Royce Phantom. Even in this company, Cadillac can hold its head high with this knock-out concept car.”

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