Road and Travel Magazine crowned the winners of its 2008 International Car Of The Year at 12th annual NAIAS-eve ceremony last night. Honda's newly-ginormous Accord took the coronation on the car side, while Chrysler's revamped Town and Country used its slick new features to win the truck category. RTM's judges are a veritable who's who of heavy-hitting auto journos, including Ann Job, David E. Davis, Jr., Denise McCluggage and Autoblog's own John McElroy. The pundit firepower lends real credence to the selections, even if you don't agree 100%. Results were sorted by JD Power and Associates, and General Motors had the most vehicles named to the overall list. GM was also presented with the first Earth Angel award, honoring the environmentally-friendly efforts of the automaker. The full list of winners is included in RTM's press release, posted after the jump.

[Source: Road and Travel]


PRESS RELEASE:

ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine Announces 2008 International Car of the Year Awards Winners

DETROIT, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine (RTM) announced
its 12th Annual International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) winners at a
black tie ceremony today. Held at the MGM Grand Detroit, RTM hosted more
than 600 industry leaders and media on the eve of press week of the North
American International Auto Show.

A jury of nationally-renowned automotive journalists selected the
award- winning vehicles with ballots tabulated by J.D. Power and
Associates. And the winners are:

* International Car of the Year: Honda Accord Sedan
* International Truck of the Year: Chrysler Town & Country
* Pick Up Truck of the Year: "Most Athletic" GMC Sierra Denali
* Sports Car of the Year: "Most Sex Appeal" Audi R8
* Sedan of the Year: "Most Dependable" Honda Accord Sedan
* Luxury Car of the Year: "Most Respected" Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
* Minivan of the Year: "Most Compatible" Chrysler Town & Country
* Entry Level Car of the Year: "Most Spirited" Volvo C30
* Crossover of the Year: "Most Versatile" Buick Enclave
* SUV of the Year: "Most Resourceful" Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid


"The ICOTY Award's unique theme focuses on the emotional connection
between car and consumer; how vehicles reflect our lifestyles and self
image, an attitude the average consumer can identify with," said RTM
Editor-in-Chief Courtney Caldwell. "It's about how we feel about our cars
and how our cars make us feel." To drive this point home, RTM readers were
polled on how they felt about their cars, the results of which were very
revealing.

Opening remarks at the ICOTY event were made by Congressman John D.
Dingell, the "Dean of the House of Representatives," and Chairman of the
Committee on Energy and Commerce. In addition, U.S. Senator Carl Levin, RTM
Editor-in-Chief Courtney Caldwell and Edmunds.com Editorial Director Kevin
Smith co-presented the inaugural EARTH ANGEL Award, to General Motors
Corporation as the most environmentally-friendly automaker. The award,
sponsored by Bridgestone, was created to shine a spotlight on the positive
strides automakers are making with global warming issues on a worldwide
level.

RTM recognized veteran automotive journalist Thos L. Bryant, editor-in-
chief of Road & Track, with its 5th annual Lifetime Achievement Award. RTM
also presented its annual HEART STRING Award for best car commercial in
2007 for Dodge Caravan's "Rooms."