“Annual automotive awards are a dime a dozen,” notes Australian auto insurance coverage firm Price range Direct, “however three of probably the most acknowledged and longest-running award-giving our bodies within the automotive panorama are Motor Development (USA), What Automobile? (UK) and Wheels (Australia).
“Extra than simply about glitz and glamour, automotive awards are bestowed as a recognition of engineering excellence, efficiency, practicality and the protection points of a specific car.
“Out of the three, Motor Development is among the many hottest and trusted publications within the trade. First printed in 1949, it was formally the primary publication to offer out a Automobile of the 12 months award. Nevertheless, Wheels journal is just not far behind and declared its first Automobile of the 12 months award in 1963.”
With that as motivation, Price range Direct put collectively a collection of three movies wherein the respective vehicles of the 12 months parade throughout your display.
We’ll share all three, beginning right now with the Motor Development vehicles of the 12 months.
Price range Direct factors out, “From 1949 to 1957, the Motor Development COTY award was given to total producers, not a specific make or mannequin. The primary-ever Motor Development Automobile of the 12 months award was given to Cadillac in 1949, for its V8 engine. The primary particular mannequin to win the Automobile of the 12 months award was the 1958 Ford Thunderbird. Since then, it has gone on to win 4 instances, making it the preferred automotive within the publication’s historical past.
“The primary electrical automotive to obtain the Motor Development COTY award was the Tesla Mannequin S in 2013. This was adopted by the Chevy Bolt EV in 2017. The primary hybrid car to win was the Toyota Prius in 2004.
“And whereas all of the winners of Motor Development’s COTY awards from 1949 to 2020 are standard sedans or coupes, the Dodge Caravan earns the excellence of being the one minivan to win COTY in 1996.”
On September 17, we’ll share the What Automobile? winners and on September 18, the Wheels COTYs.
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