February 7, 2002
Mercedes-Benz SL named Robb Report’s Car of the Year
Mercedes Benz SL500
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Toronto, Ontario – The Robb Report has named the new, 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL its Car of the Year for 2002. The SL was pitted against such formidable competitors as the Aston Martin Vanquish, Lamborghini Murciélago, Porsche 911 GT2, BMW 745i, Maserati Spyder and the Lexus SC430.
The task of choosing the Car of the Year is given to six veteran journalists who rank a selection of luxury vehicles they believe to be the best. Once the short list has been established, these cars are evaluated by comparing driving characteristics, design and ergonomics, comfort and convenience, safety features and performance.
The editors commented, ” The new 2003 SL500 handily leapfrogs every other luxury performance automobile on the market in most areas by which greatness is judged.” “Mercedes-Benz is the king of quality, and its newest personal luxury car is a remarkable engineering and aesthetic achievement, one that does more things well than any other car in the “Car of the Year” contest, and that is why it’s the winner.”
Mercedes-Benz Canada President and CEO, Ernst H. Lieb commented, “I can only imagine how onerous a mission it would have been for these gentlemen to compare such a collection of astonishing vehicles.” He added, “We all knew when we were first showed the new SL that it was indeed an incredible vehicle as well as a true testament to our company’s dictum, ‘The Future of the Automobile’. It is particularly exhilarating to have these experts confirm its overall leadership, especially among such prestigious competition. We are truly honoured.”