While the final voting will be held next month, three cars seem to be
heading the favorites for the 2007 Car of the Year.
- Saturn Aura
- Honda FIT (Bet they wont call it that in the northern European
- Toyota Camry
The Saturn is said to be a rebadged lower end version of the Pontiac G6.
Shows that GM has made
some headway, especially when the low cost of this entry is taken into
A commentator this morning raved about the FIT, and it may be a great little
car, but it does not
look to be the kind of thing that will make monster waves in the USA.
The Camry would appear to be the most likely winner, as one national
automobile magazine has
already voted it the top spot.
One magazine has chosen the Camry already, but I cant remember whether it is
Motor Trend, Car and Driver, or exactly who. Could look it up, but lots of
magazines have their own axes to grind.
The interview I saw indicated that there a lot of different factors entering
the choices that are made, including styling, initial impressions, etc.
One of the editors made it clear that she had no interest whatsoever in fuel
It became clear that reliability, a factor which interests some of us, may
so important to people who change cars every 3-4 years.
From what I read, there is a broader award for Car of the Year, and the
will be held in January.
Whether the Aura wins or not, GM has apparently impressed some of the
people involved here.
IMHO, buying a car is all about choice. Some want good mileage, others want
500 horsepower. Some want good mileage, with good horsepower. It's all about
what you want, and what you are willing to pay for.
That is true as well. With a 120,000 KM warranty, a lot of new car buyers
will trade in there car long before they get that high.
I read a page saying Car and Driver already choose there Car of the Year,
but I can't find it at the moment. I am going to take a look at there site
to see if I can find anything.
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