September 20, 2005

AutoWeek Editors choose favourites at Frankfurt Motor show

Detroit, Michigan – AutoWeek has announced its Editors’ Choice Awards from the 2005 Frankfurt International Motor Show.
The winning vehicles, as selected by the magazine’s editorial staff are:

Most Fun – Mitsubishi Sportback: Design cues from the striking Mitsubishi Concept-Sportback will likely be incorporated in to the Japanese automaker’s future production vehicles. The Sportback was created in Mitsubishi’s European design center in Trebur, near Frankfurt. The Sportback is a preview of a new range of models Mitsubishi is planning over the next three years.

Best Concept – Jeep Compass: Jeep is testing a global portfolio expansion at Frankfurt with the world premiere of the Compass concept. This compact SUV promises strong fuel economy from an all-new 2.4-litre World Engine and 2.0- litre diesel coupled with a CVT. The Compass targets those who have never considered Jeep with a tough, rally-like persona thanks to bold 19-inch wheels, a steeply raked windshield, deep fascia, sculpted hood, rear spoiler and low stance.

Most Significant – Fiat Grande Punto: For the Grande Punto, Fiat is aiming to repeat the historical success of the previous model, without following in its footsteps. Although the car belongs to the European B segment, its size, equipment and characteristics represent an alternative to many C-segment cars, according to Fiat.

Best in Show – Porsche Cayman: Frankfurt was the first time the Cayman was shown at an auto show. A little more than a Boxster, and a little less than a 911, the Cayman is a Boxster-based, mid-engine coupe using a 3.4-litre flat six developing 295 hp and 251 lb ft for power. The Cayman has a six- speed manual transmission.

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