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Normally when a vehicle wins a car of the year award, its merit is so obvious that all you have to do to justify the selection is say, "just drive one." However, with the Porsche Panamera, the excitement surrounding Porsche's first ever four-door sports sedan/car is so palpable all you must say is, "Just talk to someone that's driven one." The Panamera's that good. Our man Michael Harley's still heaping praise upon the Turbo in his sleep. In case you missed it – the Porsche Panamera rules.

Then it comes as no surprise that Bloomberg News has selected the different looking Panamera as its inaugural Car of the Year. Says Bloomberg's auto-guy Jason H. Harper, "Like a lot of people I wasn't entirely sure what to expect of the Panamera, but sometime between having a six-foot eight-inch buddy in the back seat and hauling into deep corners around the track, it became clear. It's still a Porsche -- just a really versatile one." You will also no doubt remember that our colleagues over at Inside Line recently stuck the Panamera at the tippity top of their "Most Wanted" list. That's a lot of praise, particularly for a vehicle that has been so divisive aesthetically.

Bloomberg also selected several other winners including Best Green Car (Ford Fusion Hybrid), Best Sports Car (Audi R8 5.2), Best Economy Car (Mazda3), Best Executive Sedan (Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG), Best People Mover and Family Car (Lincoln MKT EcoBoost) and Best All-Around Sports Utility Vehicle (Land Rover LR4). All good choices by the way, though this author might have swapped the E63 AMG for the Porsche and figured a way to sneak in the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500. Just sayin'. Press release after the jump.

[Source: Porsche]


Bloomberg names the new Porsche Panamera its 2009 Car of the Year

'Sports car for four' is praised for its driving dynamics and comfort

ATLANTA, Dec. 10, 2009 – Bloomberg News today announced the 2010 Porsche Panamera as its Car of the Year for 2009. This is Bloomberg's first-ever Car of the Year selections, with seven categories in all, including Car of the Year, Green Car, Economy, Family, All-Around SUV, Sports Car and Executive Sedan.

All eligible contenders were evaluated by Bloomberg's weekly auto columnist, Jason H. Harper, who drives and tests hundreds of luxury, sports and alternative-fuel autos each year. The selectees were evaluated in terms of overall performance, intelligent design and smart style, desirability and build quality. To qualify, models must have been new or significantly revised for model year 2010, and be on sale by the first quarter of 2010 (article link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/spend/auto.html).

"The Porsche Panamera has broken the sports-sedan category wide open, producing a truly desirable auto that combines the best elements of a sports car and comfortable four-door," Harper said. "Fast and fun, the Panamera is a car with real appeal."

Porsche's first four-door car and the company's fourth model line went on sale in October, joining the company's successful stable of performance thoroughbreds: the mid-engine Boxster and Cayman, the Cayenne SUV and the iconic 911 Carrera.

The Bloomberg recognition comes on the heals of the Panamera receiving an Edmunds Inside Line Editors' Most Wanted 2010 trophy at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show (article link: http://www.insideline.com/features/2010-edmunds-inside-line-editors-most-wanted-awards.html).

All Three Panamera Models Deliver High Performance and Low Fuel Consumption

Initially offered in three versions – the 400-horsepower, two-wheel drive Panamera S and all-wheel drive Panamera 4S, and the 500-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo – the new Panamera provides Porsche performance and quality, as well as a level of comfort absent among true high-performance cars.

The Panamera is the first premium car to feature an automatic engine start/stop system used in conjunction with seven-speed double-clutch transmission. This system saves fuel and reduces emissions by turning the engine off when it is not needed, such as sitting at a stop light. All engines have advanced and fuel-efficient Direct Fuel Injection (DFI), as well. Porsche engineers also focused on weight savings and lightweight technologies to further enhance fuel efficiency. As a result, the Panamera S and Panamera 4S deliver 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway (19 mpg combined), while the Panamera Turbo achieves 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway (18 mpg combined). Amazingly, these figures were achieved without activating the standard auto start/stop system. All Panamera models are not subject to the gas guzzler tax and provide the best fuel economy in their competitive set.

The manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Panamera S is $89,800, while the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo retails for $93,800 and $132,600, respectively.

About Bloomberg – Bloomberg's media services cover the world with more than 2,200 news and multimedia professionals at 146 bureaus in 72 countries. The BLOOMBERG TELEVISION® 24-hour network reaches more than 200 million homes. BLOOMBERG RADIO® services broadcast via Sirius XM Radio and 1worldspace™ satellite radio globally and on WBBR 1130 AM in New York. The award-winning monthly BLOOMBERG MARKETS® magazine, BUSINESSWEEK magazine and the BLOOMBERG.COM® financial news and information Web site provide news and insight to businesses and investors. For more information, please visit http://www.bloomberg.com.

About Porsche Cars North America, Inc. -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., is the exclusive importer of Porsche vehicles for the United States. It is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. PCNA employs approximately 180 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 200 dealers. The dealers, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service. Throughout its 61-year history, Porsche has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations within the automotive industry. The company continues to celebrate its heritage by adding to its long list of motorsports victories dating back to its first 24 Hours of Le Mans class win in 1951. Today, with more than 28,000 victories, Porsche is recognized as the world's most successful brand in sports car racing. PCNA, which imports the iconic 911 series, the highly acclaimed Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, high-end Cayenne sport utility vehicle and the four-passenger Panamera Gran Turismo, strives to maintain a standard of excellence, commitment and distinction synonymous with its brand.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aside from Bloomberg not knowing a thing about cars, I dun care if you have driven one, which, since there are only like 50 in the country, is worthy of extreme doubt, this car is not anyone's car of any year, except maybe Porsche.

      Hell, Cadillac's CTS-V sedan drives better, handles better, gets better mileage, and costs less. If cost isn't a factor, the Aston Martin Rapide might perform somewhat slower, but it's gorgeous, as opposed to the Panamera's lifetime ugly appearance achievement award.

      This is a Bloomberg advertising gimmick, nothing less, and anyone who can award the misbegotten Panamera ANY award deserves little more than a sniff and a waved hand of dismissal.

      For you teenage posters who claim to have driven a Panamera, post a video. then we'll believe you, but until them...hint: Porsche dealers normally don't give test drives...especially to kids.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're breaking my heart. The difference is, I never claimed to have driven one.

        And I'm certainly not whining. They chose to attack me personally, and if i responded, then what did they (and you) expect?

        :shrug: Y'all can try and make a point for yourselves by ignoring the facts and attacking posters, but the Panamera is stull butt-ugly, overpriced and a poor value, compared to a CTS-V...and so much uglier than a Rapide, the rest doesn't matter.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Demanding proof that others have driven the car when you haven't even done so yourself makes you look like a hypocrite. Whining about it doesn't help.
        • 5 Years Ago
        God, I'm so sorry, boys. I had no idea Porsche had ricer boys, too.

        Geez, maybe you're the forerunner of a new German Youth organization, dedicated to taking over the world with overpriced German cars.

        And yes, I drove a CTS-V, but my comment was based on reviews (posted right here on Autoblog) of both cars, since I haven't driven the as-yet-nearly-invisible Panamera.

        Porsche makes some really good cars. I'd love any 911, and autocrossed a 944 about 20 years ago, but the Panamera is still overpriced, really ugly, and inferior in most handling and performance values compared to the Cadillac. Not my words, but from Autoblog and other reviews.

        Before anyone goes off on Aston Martin, don't bother...that's a visceral observation, not a factual one. The Rapide is just gorgeous. It looks gorgeous, sounds gorgeous, it's gorgeous inside, outside and it drives gorgeously. By the time you look at numbers, it's already beaten the Panamera. :shrug:

        But good luck wit all dat, and remember that driving a Panamera means sitting in it behind the wheel and controlling it while it's moving, not playing Forza 5.

        • 5 Years Ago
        "Porsche dealers normally don't give test drives"

        Not to you, perhaps. I recently drove a Cayman S at a dealer with little trouble.

        "Hell, Cadillac's CTS-V sedan drives better, handles better"

        How would you know? Driven a Panamera, have you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't really care if it's Porsche or Ferrari winning this car of the year thing, but for goodness, just about every magazine is making up this COY thing now.

      Pretty soon Victoria's Secret catalog will give out COY.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And thus begins the end of civilization.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It ended with the Cayenne.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No actually Ironfist I have...both the turbo and the S model, my local dealership invited me to drive them when they first arrived....:)
        • 5 Years Ago

        Says the other guy who has also never driven one, so your opinion is just as worthless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The selectees were evaluated in terms of overall performance, intelligent design and smart style, desirability and build quality"

        Certainly, some factors had much, MUCH more weight than others when carrying out their decision...
        • 5 Years Ago
        says the guy who has never driven one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best Car: 18 ton 4 door Porsche
      Best Sports Car: Audi
      Best Executive Sedan: Mercedes
      Best Family Car: Lincoln

      Notice a trend? It appears that Bloomberg is full of limp-wristed pansies. Where are cars designed for real men, like a ZR1, Z06, or GT500?
        • 5 Years Ago

        Bench racing with bone stock performance figures, I know your type. You're the kind of guy who thinks swapping a cam is a really big deal. Do you really believe that a Z06 in the hands of a capable driver is less of a car than the big Porsche brick? I sure hope not.

        PS, I noticed you excluded the ZR1. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Turbo does 190+ mph and 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. Your "real men" Z06 and GT500 would spend a lot of time looking at its taillights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      COY? Nothing this expensive should be named as such. Pick a car that the typical person can afford. I know they have other categories, but I think this is just for headlines and attention

      I love Porsches but this does nothing for me. The rear is fat and they tried too hard to make it look like a 911. Nice face but too much junk in the trunk
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you notice which magazine gave the awards?

        That's sort of like asking Forbes to name the Toyota Camry their COTY since it's an affordable option.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shame it's so bland in its styling to make the car look so fat and unadventurous.

      From dead on, it looks like a C6.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Add a ducktail and I'm sold.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, sure. I'm going to take my automotive advice from Monty Burns.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally ... a decent looking car from Porsche. Not since the days of the 928 and the 944.
      • 5 Years Ago
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