April 27, 2004

Chrysler 300M awarded “Most Washable Car”

Las Vegas, Nevada – U.S. car wash operators have tagged the Chrysler 300M as the “Most Washable Car” of 2004. The annual honour is awarded at the Car Care World Expo, held this year in Las Vegas. Its organizing sponsor, the International Carwash Association, recognizes the manufacturer that produces the car design easiest to keep clean via a professional car wash.

The Chrysler 300M was chosen this year after the International Carwash Association’s nominating committee selected the top five most washable vehicles and subjected them to a list of squeaky-clean criteria. The judging criteria included:

  • A car’s smooth aerodynamic lines that keep it from retaining dirt

  • Mouldings and ornamentation that do not protrude and are securely

  • Bumpers, mirrors and wipers that are securely attached
  • Retractable side-view mirrors that are robust at the pivot or do not
    retract at all

  • Radio antennas that are securely attached or hidden in the windshield
    or back-window glass

  • Ground effects and desk-lid spoilers that are aerodynamic and
    securely attached or do not exist

  • License-plate attachments that are secure and immune to damage

Besides the 300M, the other finalists were the Chevrolet Impala, Honda Accord, Audi A4-A6, and the Ford Taurus, which emerged as a close second. Past winners of the four-year-old award include the Honda Accord in 2003, the Toyota Camry in 2002 and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo in 2001.

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