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Though four out of the six finalists for the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards were GM vehicles, only the new 2008 Chevy Malibu managed to earn the honor of 2008 North American Car of the Year. On the truck side of things, the Buick Enclave and Chevy Tahoe Hybrid lost out to the Mazda CX-9.

The Malibu was competing for North American COTY honors against the new Honda Accord and 2008 Cadillac CTS. The judges use a point system to determine the winner, and the Malibu achieved the most among the cars at 190, with the CTS fairly close behind at 165 and the Honda firmly in third with 95.

The Mazda CX-9, meanwhile, blew out its truck competitors with 201 points. Surprisingly, the Chevy Tahoe 2-mode Hybrid came in second with 140 and the Buick Enclave, which we believed (and you, too) had a chance to win, only managed 109 points.

What say peanut gallery? Is the Malibu a better choice for this year's honor than the CTS. Was the Accord snubbed? And what happened to the Enclave in this competition?




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      everet
      • 7 Years Ago
      only vettes are worthy of discussion, but then they dont "need discussion"
      Hot Cars
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM has really stepped up their game the last few years. It's apparent in the number of vehicles that they have nominated for awards. I'm also a Honda fan, but it seems they didn't do too well this time around. To find great deals on GM cars and others, visit this website http://www.auctioningclassiccars.com
      JD
      • 7 Years Ago
      Detroit produces pure Crap, so who cares about this, just another car GM is trying to jam down our throats. Compared to Honda, you can't hold a wheel to a Honda, what a laugh!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who cares? These auto awards are totally irrelevant. The only awards that count are sales numbers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's not a fair statement to say. It is possible to not be number one in sales and come out with a better car than the others. Use a little common sense!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Saturn was never a mainstream brand and it had crap products in the past, what the hell were you expecting? The car to bust the Camry's ass in terms of sales?
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      The CX-9 is in because it is a gamechanger for Mazda to bring a very competitive vehicle to a segment they have been weak in previously. Think of it as a fresh new choice added to the 7 passenger segment. The same type of thing for the Malibu.

      I do not think there is a looser in the entire bunch of finalists. No fault could really be found irregardless of who won.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Zombie,
      You don't like American cars. Well I don't like Jap Crap.You can stuff them where the sun don't shine jr.
      • 7 Years Ago
      O crap, The Pilot is going to have a problem keeping its 5 best trucks streak going
      acadia44
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great for GM !! Now if they can just get back the customers they stuck it to with their inferior products in the 80's and 90's they are in business again. Problem is the American consumer may have a hard time forgetting about all those things that went bad on those cars. Things that never should break did. It's why GM is where they are now ( not to mention the other Big 2). Good luck !!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was hoping the CTS would win, as it is one of the nicest $35k-$45k sedans on the market. The Malibu is still pretty crappy in my opinion. By the way, the Aura got this award last year and it didn't seem to help sales. While I don't like the Malibu much, I hate the Accord and I'm glad it lost.

      I wanted the CX-9 to win, so I'm happy about that. I don't really like the Enclave and I would never want a hybrid to win.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Off-topic. What happened to the section titled latest comments to posts or something that used to be on the right hand side of the sreen just below the section titled Most Commented On (7 days)?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Saturn Aura is the same vehicle as the new Malibu. So the Malibu is not redesigned, only a copy of the 2007 Aura. I'm enjoying mine very much.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Malibu is a given (and we just bought one and LOVE it, so the more awards, the better).

      The CX-9 still stumps me a tad. It's a great vehicle, no doubt, but certainly didn't set the crossover market on fire as something like the Enclave did. Matter of fact, it rarely gets talked about as having the same kind of "wow factor" the Buick always seems to have. And though it's liked for being a bit trimmer and sportier than the typical 7-passenger, it also gets critiqued for not being truly comfortable for all those people and their stuff and even going a bit too far with the sport nature.

      I'm not saying it shouldn't win, it just makes me wonder how--just counting the 2--every reviewer known to man seems to gush profusely over the Enclave when they test one and it's sales numbers are still on fire, while the CX-9 is nicely regarded but rarely stands far out according to anyone and is just a "really nice Mazda". And it's now winning, but strangely in it's 2nd year.

      Same with the Motor Trend SUV of the year. Interesting to see what anyone else thinks in that regard...
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Enclave didn't win because they didn't want to give all the awards to GM. They don't want the others to think they are bias, although I think the Enclave should have won.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The CX-9 went on sale after Jan 1, 2007 as a 2008 model, so it wasn't eligible for the 2007 awards. The same rules applied with the MotorTrend award. Technically, the CX-9 is still in its first model year since all the sales last year were counted towards the 2008 model year. Granted, that's a bit like splitting hairs to count a vehicle that goes on sale on Jan 2 as part of the next model year, but I suppose a line has to be drawn somewhere.
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