January 6, 2001


Robb Report names BMW Z8 2001 Car of the Year

2001 BMW Z8Highbrow U.S. magazine, the Robb Report, named the
$192,000 BMW Z8 as its Car of the Year for 2001. The award, announced at the
Los Angeles Auto Show, is given annually to automobiles priced above
U.S.$40,000.

“Selection of the handsome BMW Z8 was straightforward and uncomplicated”,
says Daniel J. Phillips, president and CEO of Luxury Media Corporation,
publishers of Robb Report. “The Z8 is the modern embodiment of Count
Albrecht Goertz’s 1955 BMW 507 roadster, considered by many to be one of the most
beautiful cars ever built. The Z8’s classic elegance, performance and
handling, and contemporary technology combine to create a modern legend.”

The BMW Z8 was the first choice of the magazine’s judging panel that
included Phillips, Robb Report publisher Paul Dean, and contributing writers
Ken Gross, Dan Neil, Patrick Paternie and J.P. Vettraino.

Using a points system, each vehicle is judged on purity of design, ride and
handling, build quality, owner’s experience and degree of high-performance
luxury.

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