• Nov 8, 2011
It seems we at Autoblog are not the only group of enthusiasts who are ready to announce to the whole world their love for the Audi A7. The men and women from Automobile Magazine have named Audi's coupe-like five-door hatchback as their 2012 Automobile of the Year. There's a whole article worth of reasons why the A7 has won the coveted trophy, so if you're interested, we suggest clicking here to read all about it yourself.

In related news, Peter Schreyer, chief design officer for Kia, has garnered the magazine's 2012 Man of the Year award for the contributions he's made to the Korean company's overall design aesthetic. We wholeheartedly support that notion. 2012 Technology of the Year laurels go to the "Turbo Tech Trifecta," that being Automobile-speak for turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing. Finally, the 2012 Design of the Year has been awarded to the Fisker Karma. We're betting that last decision will be the most controversial.

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      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dong think the Karma is a controversial pick for looks. It looks beautiful in pictures, but the pics do it no justice. I saw it for the first time few weeks ago at a local auto show. The lines are unbelievable, it's so low sling and wide with perfect stance. I could say the same for the interior though. I know they are pushing this sustainable materials thing, but it had some funky looking blue suede-like material all over the inside. I think they need some different textures inside, it looks like a padded room for rich nut jobs.
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Edit *don't * Lmao
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        [blocked]
      Matrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      So kia is now designed by germans by former audi designer peter schreyer , built in the usa and owned by s. Korea. No wonder they look so much better.
      onezip36envy
      • 3 Years Ago
      why would you park such a nice car next to a towering stack of skids ... jenga!!!!! oh, $h!t !
      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      It deserves a second title too: the ugliest car of the year ever selected.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      The A7, really??
        1STH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        what did you want? the 1995 Toyota Corolla?
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        this is one of the few 'practical' cars i get shivers when i overtake it..or more likely it overtakes me. so yeah. well deserved audi for making this special car.
      Jim Hubert
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Design" is not just styling. It's also drivetrain, comfort, usability and performance. The idea that a car which no one yet owns...or maybe a dozen or so people might 'own'...could be chosen over cars with thousands of satisfied owners and drivers is absurd. It's possible, I suppose, that Fisker could become a successful auto company. But thus far, it's simply a speculative leech, living off grants, loans and pie-in-the-sky investors. To say that a car Fisker has yet to really mass-produce is deserving of an award when it only competes against successful, readily available cars, and not other design and styling concepts, such as the Cadillac Ciel, makes a mockery of the award, itself. Awards such as these should be limited to manufacturers who produce vehicles which can actually be purchased. When I can drive to a dealership, plank down my money and drive home in a Fisker Karma, then it can rightfully belong in these sorts of competitions. But, you can't drive vaporware.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim Hubert
        sorry to correct you, but this design award is simply for the styling! concepts were not a part of this decision
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to say that has to be one pretty car in person, the pictures just don't do it justice. Looks even better on the highway too.
        Soccer Mom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Yeah, it looks like a pooping dog- the arching inelegant back, clumsy profile.
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Soccer Mom
          aren't you that troll from the german autobild site...?! you sound awfully familiar and act in the same embarrasing way.
          Trevor
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Soccer Mom
          @ soccer mom.............. don't worry if you just keep on talking, MAYBE someday you'll actually say something intelligent!.
      sjmoo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't agree with this pick. I think the A7 is stunningly beautiful and a great car, but for $60K it really isn't any better or worse than its competitors. Just different. I don't consider that a fault in any way, but I don't think simply building a great luxury car is enough to earn car of the year. Personally, I am more impressed with automakers that do more with less. For instance, even though it isn't my personal cup of tea I think the updated Dodge Charger deserved the award more. It isn't as all around good as the A7 by any means, but its half the price and highly significant for Chrysler. Then again, Automobile has been drinking the VW AG kool-aid for a long time. I think its a great periodical and have subscribed for years, but their bias isn't subtle.
      Matrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much does A7 cost? $100,000?
      All Rights Reserved
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that you mention it, yeah, both the Audi A7 and some of the new KIAs all look like a dog hunched to take a dump.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @All Rights Reserved
        poor boy has never seen one in real life...they don't drive A7s in the countryside
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      CLAP CLAP CLAP
      Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure why so many people think its ass "droops". Are we so brainwashed by the years of Bangle ass that we need a car's rear end to be hiked up to the roof? In person, the A7 is lovely, one of the prettiest Audis I've seen in a long time.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Austin
        it's just those poor souls who judge cars by pictures from strange angles but never have seen one in person.
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