February 15, 2001

PT Cruiser wins “Best New Design” for 2001

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

In addition to being named Canadian Car of the Year, the Chrysler PT Cruiser was declared the winner of the “Best New Design” award for 2001 by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). The award was announced Wednesday during the opening ceremonies for the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.

Tony Whitney, President of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
(AJAC), explained that “The intent of the award is to identify and reward the
vehicle that we collectively judge to exhibit the most aesthetically pleasing
combination of appearance and function.”

“Judging is based on exterior and interior appearance, but in a real world
context. That means, for example, that an extremely raked windshield or
exceptionally low roofline should be judged on the basis of their effects on
headroom and visibility as well as styling, and the styling should be
appropriate to the type of vehicle. The best balance of form and function
should be rewarded.”

The Best New Design award is part of AJAC’s Canadian Car of the Year awards
program, respected world-wide for its rigorous, scientifically sophisticated
process that ensures valid, objective results backed up by data, not just

Voting is by secret ballot. The points for each vehicle are totalled and the
vehicle with the most points wins.

Those ballots are tabulated by the international accounting firm KPMG, which
keeps the results confidential – even from AJAC – until the awards ceremony
today. Last December, AJAC named the Chrysler PT Cruiser “Best New Family
Car (under $25,000)” for 2001.

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