The semi-finalists are in for the first annual Internet Car and Truck of The Year coronation, and now its time to let you, the genteel habitués of the world wide web, cast your own votes. Us autowriter types, including moi, have winnowed the bewildering field down to a list of seven contenders each for the car and truck categorie.
Voting is already underway at internetcarandtruckoftheyear.com and runs for a month. If you want to show off, there's also a writing contest that auto journos of any ilk can submit entries for. The full press release is posted after the jump so you can take a peek at what vehicles have been deemed good enough to make it this far. In its inaugural run, the ICATOTY is the only award of its type that allows the public a voice, so make sure yours is heard!
SEPT. 16, 2009 – For the first time, consumers will have the opportunity to vote on their
choice for Internet Car of the Year and Internet Truck of the Year. It all happens at
www.internetcarandtruckoftheyear.com, where the Internet Pros and the Average Joes
Pick the Car and Truck of the Year. At the same time, Internet automotive journalists are
invited to submit pieces for a writing contest.
A panel of 12 Internet automotive writers has voted on 7 semi-finalists for Internet Car of
the Year and 7 semi-finalists for Internet Truck of the Year. Consumers are now invited
to vote on the website for Consumer Internet Car of the Year and Consumer Internet
Truck of the Year starting at Noon (EDT), today, Sept. 16.
This is the only place on the Internet (where 91% of new car shoppers begin their
shopping process) for consumers to vote on a Car and Truck of the Year at a website not
dominated by manufacturer advertising. The website will not accept any OEM
advertising for vehicles eligible for a Car or Truck of the Year award.
Consumers will have until Oct. 16 at noon to register their selections for Internet Car of
the Year and Internet Truck of the Year. Then, starting Oct. 19 at noon they will select
among three vehicles in each category that have been selected as finalists. Voting ends
Nov. 13. The awards will be presented during a major auto show in December.
The semi-finalists for Car of the Year are:
- Chevy Camaro SS
- Ford Fusion Hybrid
- Ford Taurus SHO
- Kia Forte Sedan
- Mazda Mazda3
- Nissan CUBE
- Shelby GT 500
The semi-finalists for Truck of the Year are:
- Audi Q5
- Audi Q7 TDI
- Chevy Equinox
- Ford Raptor
- Ford Transit Connect
- Mercedes GLK
- Volvo XC60
Another exciting aspect of the Internet Car and Truck of the Year is the Internet
Automotive Journalism Contest. Writers and bloggers will be invited to submit their best
automotive Internet pieces from September 1, 2008 to September 1, 2009. Internet
automotive writers will be awarded in the following categories:
• Best Feature written solely for the Internet
• Best Automotive Review written solely for the Internet
• Best Single Blog Entry
• Best Series of Blog Entries.
All winners will have their work either presented or linked to on
www.InternetCarandTruckoftheYear.com (depending on original publication guidelines).
The emerging dominance of the Internet has created a major opportunity for further
recognition of "best of the best." The founding of Internet Car and Truck of the Year
LLC fills a void in this important medium. It will be creating four major awards that,
because of their nature, will gain instant credibility and prestige: Internet Car of the Year,
Internet Truck of the Year, Consumer Choice Internet Vehicle of the Year and the
Internet Automotive Journalist of the Year.
The Internet Car of the Year was created by Keith Griffin, the Guide to Used Cars for
About.com, and the Hartford (CT) Auto Examiner for Examiner.com, as well as a print
automotive journalist and vice president of the New England Motor Press Association.
Marketing for the awards is being handled by Al Vinikour of Vinikour Communications
in Trenton, Michigan.