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In a fitting start to a year in which GM promises not to be bumped from the #1 spot, the Chevy Silverado and Saturn Aura have swept the 2007 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards announced this morning at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Chevy Silverado, hot on the heels of its victory in the Motor Trend Truck of the Year contest, beat out the Ford Edge and the Mazda CX-7 to take home the crystal. Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper accepted the award from NACOTY Chairman Tony Swan, thanking the Silverado Team and GM Dealers, as well as both the United Auto Workers and the Canadian Auto Workers responsible for building the Silverado in five North American assembly facilities.

No to be outdone, Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak shouted, "Yes, yes, yes!" as she quickly made her way to the stage to collect the trophy for winning the 2007 North American Car of the Year award for the new Saturn Aura. The Aura scored high marks with the 49 jurors over the Toyota Camry and Honda Fit, with many of them remarking about the significance of the Aura for General Motors and its lead in the current product revitalization within the Saturn brand.

This is a real coup for GM; and the timing couldn't have been better. Let's hope this win is enough to keep the momentum going within the hallowed halls of Warren, MI.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Quote:'sad to see a rebadge be the best we can muster'.
      The Aura is not a rebadged Euro product. The Aura is based on the lengthened platform of the Opel Vectra and that's where the similarities end. Only the Sky and upcoming Astra are Opel products.
      • 8 Years Ago
      24, Ah ok, then thanks for the correction. My 2006 Chevy Equinox has the pull back to turn on and off high beams type of stalk. Knowing that BMW has the push foward one, I thought that it was just another European aspired feature that is in my Aura XR. Once again, thanks for the correction.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Know something about trailer trash, eh Truth?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Car and Driver wasn't very impressed with the Aura.In their latest comparision test it ranked fourth out of six tested vehicles, ranking behind the Kia Optima,Nissan Altima, and winner Honda Accord.
      • 8 Years Ago
      14, The Aura is based on the Vectra, not the Astra. The only thing really the Aura shares with the Vectra is front end styling and platform. Other then that, they are not similar. Aura: LWB Vectra: SWB. The Aura does have European cues( like the push foward for high beams instead of the American pull back and click it on and off) The Aura is built in Fairfax Kansas along side the Chevy Malibu.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #28 . . . The Aura is built on the same platform as the Chevy Malibu and the Pontiac G6, the long-wheelbase Epsilon platform. It is built in Fairfax, Kansas with parts mostly built in the US and Canada. Most of the sheetmetal is stamped in Marion, Indiana, Mansfield, Ohio and Fairfax, Kansas. And I think the 6-speed transmissions come from Ypsilanti, MI. It was actually designed and engineered in the US, with help from Europe and based originally on Europe's Opel Vectra and Saab 9-3. Most of the basic underpinnings were designed in Europe, hence the great driving dynamics, but the styling is only similar to the Opels for future convergence. It's truly a global program. As far as total content from North America, you'd have to check the sticker, but I'd have to guess it's about 80-90% North American content.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Any way you look at it, these "awards" historically do nothing for sales or the financial health of a car company.
      • 8 Years Ago
      17. GM adopted the push-forward high-beam switch several years ago. My 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix has one.
      simpson
      • 8 Years Ago
      The aura beat the camry (toyota) and the fit (honda). There is no "hometown advantage" as the vote is among auto journalists spread over a wide geographic area who have all driven and examined the finalist cars-- and a group that no one could say has been kind to GM over the last few years. As someone pointed out, Honda won both awards last year and GM has not won best car since 1988 so it is hard to make some case that this is all rigged or meant to help the American auto manufacturers. Lastly, anyone who would be critical of the aura has surely never sat in one or driven one. I just tried it last week and it is indeed a spectacular car both in styling, design and handling....and that you can get it fully loaded for 27k...please...poppycock that it doesn't deserve it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      11, you should know that C&D is really H&D( Honda & Driver). Almost every comparison I have read they always find a way to get the Honda product to win. They're Honda fanboys. One of them is Cheap performance. They tested the Ion RC, Cobalt SS S/C, Subaru WRX, Neon SRT-4, and Acura RSX. Winner? RSX. It was neither the cheapest nor the fastest. Yet, the picked it and one of the reasons was that it could rev to 8000 RPM. Big whoop it could rev to 8000 RPM. IMHO, the Subaru WRX should of won. It was the best compromise of price and performance.

      About the latest comparison of the Aura, etc. You should see how their attitude changed when they talked about the Accord. The others were professional with, " This is the good, this is the bad," to, " Accord is god. It's awesome. Blah blah blah." Pretty much went to fanboy mode. Then what lost me ultimately was that they stated that the Accord bonds with car enthusiasts. Sorry as good the Accord is, it is not a car enthusiast's vehicle. The Civic and S2000 can be, but Accord? Nope, just a simple reliable A to B appliance vehicle. And OMG, I am going to get finger prints on my car. I am going to die with finger prints on my Aura's trunk. And a no d'uh it would get the worst fuel economy. V6 vs 4 banger. Sorry, C&D has no credibility with me in their comparisons.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Saturn Aura is an awesome car. I have test driven it twice and I will probably purchase come spring. I have compared it with over a dozen other cars - domestic and import. Nothing else is as appealing.

      The Siverado is a great looking pickup. Much better looking than the ugly Tundra!

      Congrats to GM!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, it IS in Detroit, so bias should be expected.

      But the Aura and Silverado appear to be excellent vehicles that deserve sales success if their service records are good.

      I'd still prefer a Honda or Toyota, but if shopping for a sedan, I'd give the Aura a close look--it's a very nice car, indeed!

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