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Very cool!
Here is the NYTimes article:

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/13/car-and-truck-of-the-year-finalists-announced/?hp

Finalists for the 2008 North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year, as selected by 47 automotive journalists in the United States and Canada, have been announced.
Car of the Year finalists:
Cadillac CTS (Times review)
Chevrolet Malibu
Honda Accord (Times review)
Truck of the Year finalists:
Buick Enclave (Times review)
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
Mazda CX-9 (Times review)
Four quick observations:
1. Four of the six finalists are from General Motors. Two of the four G.M. vehicles are reskinned versions of existing models. The Malibu is built from the same architecture as the Saturn Aura, which took North American Car of the Year honors last year. (G.M. swept the 2007 awards, when its Chevy Silverado also won as North American Truck of the Year.) The Enclave shares its platform and drivetrain with the GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook but has a more stylized design.
2. No Toyotas are on the list, even though it introduced the biggest version of its Tundra in February, and briefly passed G.M. to rank as the world’s biggest car company. (G.M. took back the title this fall.)
3. No German cars are on the list. The 2008 BMW M3 has probably been the most anticipated car of the last 12 months, but it wasn’t eligible because it won’t be released in the United States until next spring.
4. Two of the three truck finalists are not actually trucks. (The Buick and Mazda are carlike crossovers, the companies say.)
The winners will be announced on Jan. 13, the first media day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.



I think this reader comment is funny:

Dear automotive journalists,

Here you can find pictures of trucks. http://www.edmunds.com/truck/index.html

They can be easily spotted by the long hauly looking thing behind the doors.

— Posted by kurt
 

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And today from the Detroit Free Press:

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071213/BUSINESS01/712130394

"For the first time in a couple of decades, General Motors can be reasonably confident the light at the end of the tunnel isn't an oncoming train...."

;D

I think there is some big celebrating going on in Michigan this week. Well deserved accolades for a job well done!
:cheers:
 

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Looks like Ed Welburn is the person behind the great design. I hope GM realizes his value and holds onto to him.

"Thousands of people contributed to the reversal of fortunes, but McElroy said it's hard to overstate the contribution of GM's design team, led by Ed Welburn.
"There's been a dramatic turnaround," McElroy said. "I'm knocked out by what Ed Welburn is doing these days." "
 

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Not complaining -- But, I would NEVER consider my car a truck. Isn't that the whole point of having an SUV that is built on a CAR platform? Maybe the definition is broad on "Truck of the Year", but they should really call the category "SUV or Truck of the Year"

Happy for GM, but seems like we are in the wrong category.

Lisa
 

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lisa said:
Not complaining -- But, I would NEVER consider my car a truck. Isn't that the whole point of having an SUV that is built on a CAR platform? Maybe the definition is broad on "Truck of the Year", but they should really call the category "SUV or Truck of the Year"

Happy for GM, but seems like we are in the wrong category.

Lisa
I agree with Lisa. This, from Edmunds...A Truck is a vehicle with two or four doors and an exposed cargo box.
 

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I kinda like the description : "long hauly thing behind the doors" ;D
 
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Current Standings as of Dec 18, 2007:

2008 North American Truck of the Year -

Buick Enclave 2033 (38.3%)
Chevy Tahoe Hybrid 1277 (24.1%)
Mazda CX-9 1994 (37.6%)
 
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