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2009 Jeep Liberty Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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2009_JeepLiberty_a_IVA.jpg“The Jeep Liberty wins AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award for Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicles. Liberty owners also rated the Liberty tops in AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award research this year. This is an outstanding achievement,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “Jeep has been in the SUV business longer than most everybody. They know how to design a great Jeep.” Among the Liberty’s leading attributes are:
* Handling
* Safety features
* Technology level
* Interior lighting
* Wheels and tires


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2009 Kia Sportage Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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2009_KiaSportage_IVA.jpg“The Kia Sportage delivers what its owners want, winning AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award in the Compact Crossover SUV segment. While winning the Ideal Vehicle Award is a big deal, Sportage also won AutoPacific’s 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Award. Since both awards are based on owner ratings, this is definitely an outstanding achievement,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. The Sportage scored particularly well in the following areas:
* Exterior styling
* Handling
* Visibility
* Interior lighting


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2009 Lincoln Navigator Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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09Navi_L_7-8Frnt_HR_IVA.jpg“Lincoln started the Luxury Sport Utility category in 1997 with the launch of the first-generation Navigator. The current Navigator’s 2009 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award win shows that Lincoln has continued to learn what their buyers want and are delivering it,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “In a product segment where buyers value size, glitz and function, Navigator excels.” Areas in which the Navigator scored particularly well include:
* Ease of entry/egress
* Handling
* Exterior styling


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2009 Nissan Armada Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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NisArmada_IVA.jpg“The win of the Nissan Armada of AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award shows that Nissan learned what Large SUV buyers want and delivered on their product requirements. Armada owners gave their SUV best-in-class wins in six of fifteen rating categories,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “In a product segment where buyers value ease of use, generous space, good ride and handling combined with power and acceleration, the Armada excels.” Top-scoring Armada attributes include:
* Power and acceleration
* Exterior styling
* Visibility
* Ride and handling
* Ease of entry/egress


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2009 Subaru Forester Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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“The all-new Subaru Forester delivers what its owners want, proven by winning AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award in the Mid-Size Crossover SUV class. Helping Forester’s ratings is that all Subarus have standard all-wheel-drive, making them ideal for the snow belt,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “Owners rate the Forester best in class in five of fifteen rating categories and very competitive in the others. Clearly Subaru understands what the Crossover SUV buyer wants and have designed the Forester to hit that target.” Among the Forester’s leading characteristics:
Sub_09_Forester_IVA.jpg* Safety features
* Ride and handling
* Passenger room
* Visibility


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2009 Toyota Venza Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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2009_Toyota_Venza_IVA.jpg“The all-new Toyota Venza delivers what its owners want, earning AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award for Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUVs. In fact, Venza owners give Venza eight of fifteen possible best-in-class ratings, the highest of any vehicle in this research,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “Toyota designed a very different vehicle with the Venza. It is a large, five-passenger Crossover targeted at maturing Baby Boomers. Clearly Toyota identified a lucrative target and hit it in the bulls-eye.” Leading Venza attributes include:
* Exterior size
* Passenger room
* Ease of entry/egress
* Cargo space
* Exterior styling
* Handling
* Power and acceleration
* Safety features


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2009 BMW X5 Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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“BMW X5’s win of AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award shows that BMW understands what an American Luxury Crossover SUV buyer wants, and has delivered it. X5 owners rated the X5 best in class in five of fifteen categories and competitive in the remainder,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “In a product segment where buyers value image, luxury features, great ride and handling in an efficient package, X5 delivers the goods.” Top-rated X5 attributes include:
BMW_X5_IVA.jpg* Handling
* Ride
* Exterior size
* Cargo room


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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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“Volkswagen Jetta wins AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award, which demonstrates that Volkswagen has designed its Mid-Size Car to be ideal for its buyers. Volkswagen clearly understands what these buyers want and have delivered,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “In a product segment where owners value an efficient size with good cargo space and good ride, Volkswagen understands the buyer and knows how to provide a car that fits the bill – the Jetta. Jetta owners are also most likely to recommend their car to a friend or relative than any other vehicle in its class.” Some of those leading characteristics include:
* Exterior Size
* Cargo Space
* Ride
* Safety Features
* Ingress/Egress
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2009 Saturn Aura Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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SatAura_IVA.jpgThe Saturn Aura wins AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award for the Premium Mid-Size Car segment with a solid showing across the board. “The Aura owners’ ratings show that Aura has been designed to meet and exceed their needs,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “In one of the largest and most important product segments, Aura’s win shows that Saturn targeted the right buyers when developing this car.” Attributes where owners of the Aura concluded it is a clear leader include:
* Exterior Styling
* Ride and Handling
* Exterior Size


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2009 MINI Cooper Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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MINICooper_IVA.jpg“The MINI Cooper wins AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award for the Image Compact Car class. An Image Compact Car isn’t about pure functionality, but owners of the new MINI clearly value the design excellence of the car,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “Mini provides the cute head-turning styling, crisp handling and fun-to-drive power that its owners value highly. Mini clearly understood what their owners wanted when they designed the new Cooper.” Areas in which the MINI Cooper led the segment include:
* Exterior Styling
* Handling
* Power and Acceleration
* Safety Features


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