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Motor Trend says on its blog that they are busily putting 17 new or newly redesigned cars through an "exhaustive evaluation process" that will result in 10 finalists for their Car of the Year award. With cars like the BMW 1 Series, Nissan GT-R, Audi A4, Acura TSX and Pontiac G8, we'd have a hard time choosing five more. Wildcards are the Hyundai Genesis, the Mazda6, the Volkswagen CC and the Dodge Challenger.

They'll be competing with the Acura TL, Honda Fit, Jaguar XF, Lincoln MKS, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, and the Toyota Matrix.

As a member of the Armchair COTY Comittee, which ones are on your top ten? Is the GT-R a shoe-in or will the Challenger win on pure musclecar charisma? The magazine will announce the winner in its January issue.

[Source: Motor Trend Blog]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm reppin' the Corolla; it's decently fun to drive, decently good-looking, fuel-efficient, and reliable. The Challenger is a beautiful car, but I question the build quality and reliability considering the manufacturer, and the Nissan, while amazingly cheap for such a fast car, is out of the price range of most people, especially with the economy being the way it is.

      I really just hope the Fit doesn't win. Good god that's an ugly car.
        FEW
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude, Dodge makes reliable (Big, RWD only) cars - they just suck more gas than you'd pay in repair costs for other cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the corolla is the boring car in the world.

        the fit is ugly.

        the genesis need more character.

        mi pic is THE CHALLENGER!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      people, you're missing the point of the motor trend COTY award. it goes to whoever is going to spend the most money using the award for their marketing and advertising purposes.

      that said, hyundai is at the top of my list. they like using awards to substantiate their brand and quality. mazda is also a good candidate. they had that silly ad with the gospel singers made specifically for the MT 08 SUV of the year award.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda Fit gets my vote. GT-R would be nice too, but it's not as relevant nowadays with stricter CAFE standards and a shift toward more fuel efficient vehicles.

      COTY typically have to be part of a new trend, or have something influential that sets it apart. Genesis is a great value, but it's only that. At best it'll make Buick sweat and Lexus nervous, but there's nothing about it aside from price that makes it stand out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still cannot comprehend how anyone could fall in love with the GT-R.

      It's got inconsistent bhp from the factory (hardly what I'd expect from skilled hand-built motors), is boring and somewhat ugly to look at, and really, if the only way it's going to win against a ZR1 and a Porsche in a R&T comparison is because it's a more 'family friendly sports car', it's got nothing going for it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm going with the Genesis as well.

      I think it has offered more bang for the buck than has ever been seen, undercutting rivals by thousands of dollars, and it has opened the doors for an entirely new brand within Hyundai. This is similar to Lexus's first release but better.

      I'm having a hard time wondering why the TSX and TL are on the list as they have been hammered by critics and the public. Sure they are totally new but does that alone make them top 10 worthy?

      The Corolla while offering some improvements and looking better isn't revolutionary in any way and really doesn't bring anything car of the year worthy to the table.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The above list isn't the top 10. If you notice, there are more than 10 cars in the photo and description(17 actually).

        Plus, here is MT's explanation of which cars they select,

        - "As with all of our OTY contests, Car of the Year is not a comparison test. It's open only to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in the 12 months from November 1, 2007." -

        So, as long as it fits that criteria and is on sale by Nov. 1st, 2008, it is able to win the award.

        The editors then gather together and test all the vehicles and determine the Top 10 which the winner is ultimately selected from.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sportscars NEVER win COTY--making the GTR and Challenger irrelevant. I'm gonna say the Mazda6 takes it this year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Corvette almost always wins the year it is in the competition.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lincoln MKS, yeah baby!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Based on credentials, the XF is the one that SHOULD be the COTY. The GT-R is the one that likely WILL be COTY based specifically on performance per dollar, but if this is COTY "2009", I believe the price bump in the GT-R makes it slightly more expensive than the Z06, making the Z06 the cheapest when it comes to supercar performance bargains. It's performance is also erratic and inconsistent.

      The Genesis is an obvious choice, but I'm not sure that it's made the impact Hyundai has wanted yet. The XF on the other hand...everything was riding on that car for Jaguar and thus far it appears they've succeeded in not only getting the aesthetics and drive right but also getting people into the dealerships and purchasing them. Hence my vote for it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nissan GT-R - Motor Trend's "Big Brother" of the year....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where is the Ford Crown Victoria on that list? Or the Chevy Impala?



        • 6 Years Ago
        Are either of those 2 cars significantly new? If I missed something, I'd like to know.

        As much as I like the 3 big rwd V8 cars in this "test", my money is on the Fit, for showing how much you can do with so little.
      Jay
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was hesitant to purchase my Vibe ('06), but after owning it for a couple of years I couldn't be more pleased. Every aspect has been a pleasure. BTW, our "family" car is an Avalon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pontiac Vibe?! That's not even a real car! I mean, sure, the same thing could be said about the G8, but at least its source car isn't available in the U.S. - MT has the Matrix on the list, too.

      Ridiculous.

      That aside, I haven't driven almost all of these so I'm not qualified to comment. I would think that it would come down to something with at least four doors, though. I've had a couple of Audis and they were really great cars (for the most part). But I think the A4 is a bit too boring for MT to give it a win.

      I'm guessing they'll give it to the Fit or the G8.
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