North American car and truck of the year: General Motors position of strength!
In recent years, a group of American and Canadian journalists put forward the assistance of the car and the North American Truck of the year or NACOTY (North American Car - and truck - Of The Year). Footloose, this group of specialists wants to choose the best car and truck of the year without any external interference. They even contribute financially to the running of the committee.
Since last year, the voting members, fifty American and Canadian automotive journalists, pick three cars and three vans thus constituting the list of finalists for vehicle of the year in each category.
And after winning twice last year with the Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Silverado, the number one American is well positioned to reoffend because he established four vehicles among the finalists. These results and those obtained in the context of evaluations AJAC testify the progress made by this manufacturer makes quality and performance. Formerly dropped by competition, its models are henceforth considered as leaders actually design, performance and quality.
In the category of the North American Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Malibu, Cadillac CTS and Honda Accord are running. The Chevrolet Malibu is distinguished by its shape could not be more elegant, a very rigid platform and the ability to order the V6 3.6-liter dual overhead cam head connects to a six-speed manumatic. In addition, finish and quality of materials of the passenger have nothing to envy the competition.
The Cadillac CTS is far superior to the version it replaces and has all points of view. Its silhouette is considered one of the prettiest on the market while the platform is as rigid as that of the best German sedans. If the dashboard and the quality of materials were the weaknesses of the first model, this year they serve as reference. Add an impressive handling and you understand why this Caddy is among the finalists.
The new Honda Accord is henceforth bigger, longer, more powerful, more comfortable and more to offer two new, more ecological, more powerful engines, and consuming less. The four-cylinder and V6 engines are offered in two different configurations depending on the model and the selected transmission. As it should be, the quality of manufacture and materials is at the height of the reputation of the brand.
Competing, we find the Buick Enclave, Mazda CX9 and the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. Several people raises his eyebrows when The Car Guide 2008 has awarded the Buick Enclave as the best choice in the category of multipurpose vehicles. It seems that this choice was not so eccentric as this Buick is vying for the title of truck / SUV of the year in America. Sharing its platform with the GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, the Enclave is distinguished by a dramatic silhouette, a very luxurious interior and a presence on the only road to the category. Like the other two similar models produced by GM, the Buick is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine and an automatic transmission has six gears.
As part of this trio of finalists, the Mazda CX-9 keeps itself also accumulate runners. This elegant seven-seat vehicle combines a truly spectacular habitability has a comfortable interior and good agency. In addition, its 3.7 liter engine makes good household with manumatic six-speed gearbox, while the handling is above average for a vehicle of this category.
Finally, the third category is the candidate for the full-size SUV Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, which offers this year the "two-mode" technology whose secret is an engine cylinder has a variable torque automatic transmission INCORPORATING electric motors and to reduce the consumption fuel over 15 percent. Remains to be seen what will be the two vehicles titles. With four candidates out of a total of six, General Motors is likely to repeat his double last year. It will wait until January 13 before knowing the winners. Meanwhile, paris are open.
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