November 21, 2007

Cadillac CTS named 2008 Motor Trend Car of the Year

2008 Cadillac CTS
2008 Cadillac CTS. Click image to enlarge

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2008 Cadillac CTS

Los Angeles, California – Motor Trend has named the Cadillac CTS as its 2008 Motor Trend Car of the Year. The statement follows an October announcement naming the Mazda CX-9 as Sport/Utility of the Year.

“The Cadillac CTS marks the first time in decades an American automobile has been designed and engineered with an eye on the global marketplace,” said Angus MacKenzie, editor-in-chief. “Among its many excellent qualities, perhaps the most valuable one is that it shows Detroit can build a world class car to compete with the best Munich, Stuttgart and Toyota City have to offer. With the CTS, Detroit is officially back in the car business, not just the truck or SUV business.”

To be eligible for Car of the Year, a vehicle must be totally new or redesigned, and released in the twelve months prior to January 1, 2008. Other contenders for this year’s award were the Audi S5/A5, Audi TT, Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Avenger, Ford Focus, Ford Taurus, Honda Accord, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Mini Cooper, Mitsubishi Lancer, Scion xB, Scion xD, Subaru Impreza, Volvo C30 and Volvo XC70.

Cadillac received the first Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 1949.

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