Wards names industry's top interiors, features

Wards Auto World magazine has come through with its 'Best Interior and Interior Features' awards for the seventh time, which lauds vehicles, manufacturers and suppliers for creating compelling interiors and individual features (e.g. navigation and sound systems, seats, and the all important cup holder).

The big winners?  In Ward's dozen overall interior categories, General Motors took home four awards, Ford's portfolio chimed in with three, and Audi collected a pair.

In terms of killer apps, DaimlerChrysler grabbed six, Ford chipped in with five, and General Motors brought home four. Audi and Honda grabbed a trio, and Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota grabbed one each.

The winners were determined by a pool of 69 car scribes and 991 industry authorities.

A complete list of the categories and winners follows at the jump, along with a link to the official press release.

[Sources: Auto Interiors Show via PRNewswire; DaimlerChrysler]

       Award Category     Industry At-Large Vote     News Media Vote

    Overall Vehicle Interiors

    Popular-Priced Car      Pontiac Solstice           Audi A3
    Premium-Priced Car                    Lincoln Zephyr
    Popular-Priced CUV      Chevy HHR                  Mazda CX-7
    Premium-Priced CUV      Subaru B9 Tribeca          Audi Q7
    Popular-Priced Truck    Chevy Tahoe                Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Premium-Priced Truck Cadillac Escalade Land RRS Sport

    Interior Features

    Best Instrument Cluster               Ford Mustang  (Delphi)
    Best Navigation System                Acura  (Alpine)
    Best Cup Holder                       Mercedes M-Class
                                          (Fischer Automotive)
    Best Sound System       Dodge Magnum               Audi S8
                            (Boston Acoustics)         (Bang & Olufsen)
    Best Seat System        Dodge Charger   Mercedes S-Class
      (Driver)                (Johnson Controls)
    Best Interior           Dodge Grand Caravan -      Honda Ridgeline -
    Innovation              Stow N' Go Seat System     trunk in pickup bed
                             (Chrysler Group &          (Meridian Automotive
                              Magna/Intier)              Systems, Inc.)


Full press release here

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