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Discussion in 'Mopar News' started by TripleT, Nov 28, 2017.
Motor Trend Car of the year.
In the Motor Trend videos I've seen, the hosts seemed to legitimately love the car.
Also, on their "Power List" for 2018:
4. The Engineer: Roberto Fedeli - Head of Product Development, Alfa Romeo and Maserati
6. The Marketer: Tim Kuniskis - FCA North America Head of Passenger Car Brands: Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat
23. Sergio Marchionne - CEO FCA, Ferrari
33. Mike Manley - FCA Head of Jeep and Ram Brands
37. Ralph Gilles - FCA Head of Design
46. Russ Ruedisueli - Director or SRT and Motorsports Engineering
47. David Freiburger - Co-Host of Roadkill
I like it. It looks like the engineers and FCA spent a good deal on this car. Sleek design, great performance, above average interior. Personally, I was shocked when I found out it had won but looking at the performance aspect, it did real well on the nurburgring fastest sedan(?) The sedan was designed beautifully as well, definitely underrated. And the motor trend guys sounded like they really liked it. Hats off to FCA.
Not a good sign. Motor Trend Car Of The Year : 60 Corvair. 61 rope drive Pontiac Tempest. 71 Vega. 80 Citation. Mopar's own Aspen/Volare. Mustang II.
And busted years ago by Auto Week for selling the COTY award for advertising bucks.
The Alfa is a beautiful credible car. Motor Trend hasn't been credible for many many years.
We are already talking about it here. Maybe merge the two threads?
This is huge for FCA. And Chrysler hadn't won this prize since the 300. Great work. This will probably raise awareness for it.
The Giulia is 10" shorter than my 2015 200 with a 3" longer wheel base. That part my garage and I really like. The rub? I can't afford a hubcap for a Giulia.
Congratulations to FCA, Alfa, and the Giulia team.
Did FCA make a large ad buy?
Almost certainly, but that ad buy can go into anyone of their magazines, or websites, so it may not be that obvious. You do not win magazine awards based solely on the quality of your product. That is not how things work in publishing. Ads must be bought.
But that is not to take away from the Giulia. Though I have yet to drive one, they have every appearance of being a great car.
Motor Trend has never been a big fan of Chrysler products. They have given a shout-out to Mopar - occasionally. But I have never appreciated how they treat Dodge, RAM, Chrysler, FCA, Maserati, AR or Jeep. This is HUGE!
Who won this award in 1999 and 2005?
Motor Trend was also the ones who gave Ram an unprecedented back-to-back Truck of the Year wins.
Exactly. Terrible treatment. Although I forgot - they have awarded Truck of the Year to RAM 3 times, recently.
Excellent for Alfa, meh for MT.
What was Cirrus and 300 ...Alex
Yep, unprecedented - three-time-winner! Still don't appreciate how they treat FCA et. al..
Can we FINALLY include the "F" side of FCA in the news forum now?
And didnt The Grand Cherokee win a couple of times..... I thought the GC 5.9 won.....
Didn't the Pacifica come in a very close 2nd last year for COTY behind the bolt and only because the Hybrid wasn't out yet?
I am really happy to see Tim Kuniskis towards the top of the list. He probably is one of the most passionate car guys at FCA. All you hear is about Ralph, but there are a lot of car guys inside the doors at CTC and among the top of them is Kuniskis. He's a class act.