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Dodge, Nissan, among the winners at the 2009 International Car of the Year Awards

PHOTO BY LAUREN FANT / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Dodge Ram won the International Truck of the Year Award.

by Lauren Fant
ar4132@wayne.edu

 

DETROIT -- On January 10, at one of the prestigious casinos in Detroit, the MGM Grand hosted the 13th Annual International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY). Courtney Caldwell, the editor-in-chief of the Road & Travel magazine was the host as well as editorial director of Edumunds.com, Kevin Smith was the co-host.

During the event, many topics were covered and talked about concerning the new technology of the automakers as well as many cars being created to encourage and support the green effect. Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke to the issue of the automotive industry and to the recent downfall of the economy. "The automakers are looking all over to move forward for fuel efficient technology as well as having the opportunity to make this a turning point for a great auto industry. It's time for America to have a 21st century strategy" said Stabenow.

In 2008, many automakers celebrated different occasions and special events such as General Motors celebrating its 100th birthday, Ford celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Model T, Honda celebrated its 50th anniversary of being in the United States as well as Subaru celebrated its 40th anniversary in the US and Chrysler celebrated making the minivan for 28 years.

Congressman Gary Peters is currently watching for changes in global warming and automakers changing their production to make cars to be green efficient. Honda is among one of the top auto making companies who is reaching towards the green goal so is Volkswagen to reduce carbon emissions.

There were six awards that were given by the ICOTY jury in different categories: The 2nd Annual Earth Angel award, 6th Annual Lifetime Legend Award, Inaugural Earth, Wind, and Power Award (most environmental friendly car and truck), and the International Car and Truck of the Year Award.

For the Earth Angel Award, five companies entered into the contest- Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, and Volkswagen. Honda won the award. The inaugural Earth, Wind, and Power Award for the most environmentally friendly car of the year went to the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, while the BMW 335 and Volkswagen Jetta TDI wagon was nominated. For the most environmentally friendly truck of the year nominees were BMW RX8, Ford Escape Hybrid, and the Mercedes ML550 where the Ford Escape Hybrid took home the honor.

The nominees for the International Car of the Year award were the Nissan GTR, Dodge Challenger, and the Ford Flex. The Nissan GTR came out on top. The International Truck of the Year award went to the Dodge Ram 1500 while the Ford F150 and the Subaru Forester were nominated.

The 6th Annual Lifetime Legend Award went to Warren Brown, who completed many works while being a part of The Washington Post and focusing on many of the rising issues in the automotive industry over the last couple of decades.

Among the top representatives for the automotive industry, many prestigious leaders were present besides Senator Stabenow and Congressman Peters such as Detroit Mayor Kenneth Cockrel, Jr., Detroit Police Chief James Barren as well as Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison and Royal Oak Police Chief Ted Quissenberry. The event featured musical selections and anecdotes by the Jerry Ross band.

 

PHOTO BY LAUREN FANT / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Nissan GTR won the International Car of the Year Award.

 

PHOTO BY LAUREN FANT / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI won the Most Environmentally Friendly Car award.

 

PHOTO BY LAUREN FANT / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Ford Escape Hybrid won the Most Environmentally Friendly Truck award.

 

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