Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 1:36 PM
Press Guild Announces Its Five Finalists for First-Ever MPG Vehicle
of the Year Award
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic and the 2012 Ford Focus are among the finalists
for the MPG Vehicle of the Year Award.
LOS ANGELES --
Motor Press Guild (MPG), the largest automotive media association
in North America, today announced the top five finalists for its
first Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year (VOTY) Award. Finalists
were chosen by a panel of 18 MPG journalist members who drive and
review new vehicles on a regular basis. All MPG journalist members
will evaluate the final five vehicles and vote on the winner at
the organization's annual Track Day event October 11-12, 2011.
Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year Finalists (in alphabetical
2012 Audi A7
-- 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
-- 2012 Fiat 500
-- 2012 Ford Focus
-- 2011 Hyundai Elantra
Eligible vehicles must
be all-new or substantially changed for calendar year 2011 and available
at dealerships on or before January 1, 2012. In addition, MPG members
are encouraged to select vehicles that represent the unique Southern
California marketplace. The winner of the 2011 Motor Press Guild
Vehicle of the Year will be announced during the Los Angeles International
Auto Show Press Days on Nov. 16-17, 2011.
"We're proud of
the top five cars nominated by our MPG jury," said Laura Burstein,
Motor Press Guild President and VOTY panelist. "Not only are
these finalists excellent vehicles overall, they represent a variety
of segments and price points -- and they show a little So-Cal flair,
too. Any of these vehicles would be worthy of the VOTY award."
The MPG VOTY award recognizes
the most dynamic new vehicle of the calendar year as judged by Motor
Press Guild journalist membership. Vehicles are benchmarked against
the competitive segment and evaluated on safety, quality, value,
performance, handling, design, style, environmental impact and technology
and innovation. The Southern California-based MPG award is expected
to reflect the distinctive style, tastes and needs of this influential
The Los Angeles-based
Motor Press Guild (MPG) is the largest automotive media association
in North America with more than 700 members. This non-profit trade
guild is dedicated to promoting professionalism in automotive journalism
through education and information exchange. Members include journalists
from print, broadcast, and online outlets as well as public relations
representatives, consumer groups and governmental bodies tied to
the automotive industry. The organization hosts regular meetings
featuring key figureheads in the auto industry and is widely recognized
for its annual Dean Batchelor Award program and annual industry
MPG Track Day.
For more information
on the Motor Press Guild, please visit our website (www.motorpressguild.org),
page or Twitter feed (@MotorPressGuild).
Source: Motor Press