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2007 AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE AWARDS

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Primedia’s AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE, not to be left behind in the automotive awards category by its Motor Trend stablemate (you remember, Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, SUV of the Year), has announced its winners of Automobile of the Year, Design of the Year, Technology of the Year and Man of the Year Awards. Automobile calls itself “America’s leading automotive lifestyle publicaion.” Sounds very similar to Motor Trend’s claim. Oh, well lets see who won what (note that these are “Editors’ Awards with no consumer input) and register the VehicleVoice reaction …
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2007 Automobile of the Year: Volkswagen GTI – seems like there would have been other more worthy selections. The GTi is a fine car; fun to drive, attractive, easy to live with. How about some other candidates? I’d definitely consider the Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedan or Lincoln MKX crossover SUV. I’d have the Ford Edge on the list. Hmmmmm. Maybe they really mean “automobile” and trucks, SUVs and crossover SUVs don’t count. So, lets limit it to cars. So, we’ll leave in the MKZ. Howabout the Infiniti G35 sedan? The all new Nissan Altima. Why didn’t they agree with Motor Trend on the Toyota Camry as Car of the Year? Well, the list can go on forever. GTi is nice, but certainly ain’t the only game in town.
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2007 Design of the Year: Aston Martin V8 Vantage – AUTOMOBILE is right on selecting the V8 Vantage. Absolutely drop dead gorgeous, the V8 Vantage takes Aston’s iconic shape to the next level and puts it in a more “affordable” package.
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Roger Penske (Left) with DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche (Right) and smart cars

2007 Man of the Year: Roger Penske – Can’t really argue with Penske’s selection, but we’d include in their rationale his intention to import the smart from Europe. Penske has accomplished a tremendous amount in his career – racer, race team owner, owner of truck rental agency, owner of Detroit Diesel, owner of tremendously successful chain of automobile dealerships, etc. The smart may be his next great accomplishment.
2007 Technology of the Year: Electronic Stability Control – Old news.
Automobile’s Press Release for these Awards can be found below the fold.


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LA Auto Show – 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Convertible

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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage went on sale in 2005, taking up residence in Aston’s lineup and the bottom end as the “affordable” Aston and gunning for the Porsche 911. As true of most all Aston Martins, the V8 Vantage is beautiful, with a hand-crafted interior and engine. The next step, of course, is a convertible.
Can I have this as my AutoPacific company car? I’d give up my Audi TT for it!

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Aston Martin used Los Angeles as a backdrop for introducing their latest breathtakingly gorgeous roadster. Los Angeles is a strong market for Aston Martin, and convertibles as a rule sell in higher volumes than coupes in the States, so the decision to launch in Los Angeles is glamorous and smart. And Aston Martin convertibles command enough attention and carry enough presence that they don’t need a Hollywood starlet like Jennifer Love Hewitt (see the Sebring introduction) to introduce their convertible, though Jennifer’s scripted appreciation for the Sebring might have sounded more believable applied to the Aston. In fact, instead of a paid celebrity endorsement at the press introduction for the V8 Vantage convertible, Automobile Magazine Editor-in-Chief Gavin Conway presented Aston Martin with an All-Star award for the convertible. (For our discussion the full list of this year’s All-Stars, click here.)


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