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Old 10-24-2005, 12:33 PM
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Default North America Car & Truck of the Year (2006) - Prediction

As NAIAS draws near, North America Car of the Year (COTY) & Truck of the Year (TOTY) will be annouced during the show, along with two runnerup in each category. The competitions for this year are defn. fierce, defn. will be a tight race:<p><B>Nominees for COTY</B>: Audi A3, A4/S4, BMW 3 Series, Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS, STS-V, Chevrolet HHR, Impala/Impala SS, Chrysler PT Curiser Dodge Charger (R/T, SRT-8), Ford Fusion, Honda Civic/Civic Si/Civic Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata, Azera, Accent, Infiniti M35/45, Kia Rio, Sedona, Lexus IS 250/350, Lincoln Zephyr, Mazda Miata MX-5, Mazda 5, Mazdaspeed6, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Mercury Milan, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Lancer Evo IX, Pontiac Grand Prix GXP, Solstice, Torrent, Porsche Boxster/Boxster S, Saab 9-3 Sport Combi V-6 Turbo, Toyota Avalon, Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta GLi, Passat.<p><B>Nominess for TOTY</B>: Dodge Ram/Ram Mega Cab, Ford Explorer, Honda Ridgeline, Hummer H3, Jeep Commander, Kia Sportage, Lexus RX 400h, Mercedes M-Class, Mitsubushi Raider, Nissan Xterra, Range Rover Sport, Subaru B9 Tribeca, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Highlander Hybrid.<p>Various editorials and forums around have the Solstice, MX-5, Miata, Civic (Si), Sonata leading the way in the COTY pact; while the Ridgeline seems to be the clear leader in the TOTY category.<p>Which cars do you think will have a legit shot at winning each category, and runnerup? (<U><B>not which cars you want to win</B></U>) Keep in mind the selection comes from various categories, and not always just the numbers reflected on paper.<p>---------------------------------<p><B>'06 NAIAS Update</B>: Congratulations to the Honda Civic and the Honda Ridgeline, respectively winning the North America Car and Truck of the Year.<p><B>Press Release</B>: <A HREF="http://www.hondanews.com/CatID1000?mid=2006010837269&mime=asc" TARGET="_blank">http://www.hondanews.com/CatID...e=asc</A><BR><BR>
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:20 PM
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My choices are:<p>COTY:Ford Fusion<br>TOTY:Explorer<br><BR><BR>
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Old 10-24-2005, 07:20 PM
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COTY: Sonata (aside from the obvious bias)<br>Reason: The Sonata is the midsize that will make EVERY company rethink what they have been putting over on the American public. Huge safety equipment, passive and active. Not too mention the HIGHEST ALL AROUND crash testing, not just the front. Perfect mix of Accord (sporty) and Camary (refined). Not to mention is sets a precident on value. Add in the the huge price point and warranty, and the fact that the one's that can compete with it's price CAN'T compete with equipment or performance. It fits what COTY is based on: The most car for your money (value) that also exceeds expectations for that segment. <p>TOTY: Ram Mega Cab.<br>Reason: This thing is everything a truck is supposed to be. Big, powerful, and strikes fear in to the heart of every Ridgeline driver that sees only that grill in their rearview mirror. The Subaru is interesting, but the style counts it out. I would say the Xterra and Range Rover are the Mega Cab's only threats. Personally, I would love to see a test of 2 Mega Cabs hooked up end to end on a Ridgeline, then tear it in half.
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Old 10-24-2005, 07:34 PM
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COTY will probably end up being either the sonata or the fusion, with the winner most likely being the sonata. both cars are fairly close in overall well-roundedness IMO, but the sonata is a massive step forward for hyundai, while ford has been capable of producing world-class cars for decades; they just didn't take advantage of that very often.<p>TOTY i think will probably be the ridgeline, just because of being so "innovative." i personally don't think it's innovative; a car-based truck basing at $5-10k more than the competition is an idea anyone could have thought up (and by the way, i like honda and the ridgeline, i just think the ridgeline's "innovativeness" is somewhat overrated and the rather large price difference over the competition unjustified). i guess, however, the ridgeline is the most deserving; all the other nominees (apart from the ram) haven't brought much of anything new or revolutionary to their segments.
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Old 10-24-2005, 07:43 PM
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Honestly, I have to agree with what the editorials are saying. The Solstice, MX-5, or Sonata. I don't think the Sonata will ultimately win, since the Accord has added the safety features that put the Sonata ahead for this year. It is a significant vehicle for Hyundai and for the segment, but it is just didn't set the bar quite high enough given its competitors have been out for 3-4 years now. <p>And the Ridgeline, like it or loathe it, is the most significant and innovative truck this year. Period. Granted it cannot haul like a traditional full size can, but still gets their fuel economy, but it still it holds the most significance. I agree with what SV said about the innovativeness being somewhat overrated, but also as he said, all the other nominees just don't put much on the table. For me, the Ram is closest, but doesn't offer anything that hasn't been done. The cab just looks hugely awkward in person (to me anyway), but yet in terms of room inside, the current Ford Super Duties tie or beat it in every category except rear legroom, where it looses by about half an inch. Plus you can get an 8 foot bed on the Super Duty. Any other year, especially next year with the new Tundra and GM's, it would look rediculous, but this year is a rather disapointing bunch.
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Old 10-25-2005, 01:46 AM
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COTY: I wouldn't mind the Fusion or Sonata winning it. Sonata due to large warranty, lots of safety features standard, value over most competitors and performance that meets or beats the class average. The Fusion due to AWD/hybrid availability, excellent looks (if it does count) and price.<p>TOTY: Ridgeline. I don't know anyone who actually uses all the towing capacity of a truck. Even my uncle used his 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab to bring home a new refrigerator once. They've never towed anything with it, they rarely, if ever, use the 4X4 system, and all he does is drive to work and back while complaining about fuel economy. Ergo, it doesn't matter if the Ridgeline trails in towing; it fits the needs of the average driver. It's a truck in my opinion, and Honda deserves respect as well for their risk-taking. Some people are willing to pay more for something that fits their own lifestyle. If it doesn't fit yours, just say it, don't bash it.<br><BR><BR>
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Old 10-25-2005, 03:32 AM
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COTY - Sonato for all the obvious reason, and lest face it, its a good car. I think the Fusion might be in, good reviews and its a turning point for Ford.<p>TOTY - M-Class!!! I love it! I just want it to win, its so good looking!
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Old 10-25-2005, 08:25 AM
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I actually don't think it is a huge oversight on Ford's part to make ABS and side airbags optional. Some people would rather have a lighter car and pump their brakes still. Most people will go for those two options, but at least they have the choice. It's not like because they're standard on the Sonata, they're free. One way or the other you're going to end up paying for them, so I applaud Ford for giving you the choice. But, I digress. Sorry for the threadjack.
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Old 10-25-2005, 08:01 PM
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car - avalon<p>truck - ridgeline, or rav4 (a little to early to tell)<p><br>avalon - toyota has turned a buick into a large sorts sedan leader putting competitors like the maxima to shame.<p>ridgeline - a light-duty truck with the quality and reputation of honda.<p>rav4 - seems like a wild concept putting a 270 hp v6 into a compact sport-ute. It may work, but I'd much rather see that engine in the camry/solara, or even the scion tc... lol
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Old 10-25-2005, 08:08 PM
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i forgot about the MX-5 and solstice. actually, it's just as likely those two will get COTY as the sonata and fusion, i think. all four are great cars <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
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