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Dodge, Chrysler clean up Texas awards

by David Zatz on

Chrysler and Dodge took home eight category winners in the annual Texas Auto Writers Association’s (TAWA) awards, given after driving 53 vehicles at their annual Auto Roundup. That gives the company more awards than any other automaker.


Just as Google chose the Chrysler Pacifica for their automated car research, TAWA chose it as the Family Car of Texas — and as the Minivan of Texas and Best New Interior.  UConnect Theater won the Best New Feature.

Dodge picked up Full-Size Sedan of Texas with the Charger R/T Scat Pack, Performance Sedan of Texas with the Charger Hellcat, and Super Car of Texas with the Viper GTC. The Viper was also given the highest scores for exterior styling and performance.

The Auto Roundup has 14 categories of cars, of which Chrysler and Dodge won four (all categories must be contested to have an award). There were four for cars by size, two for format (minivan, activity vehicle), one for green, three for luxury (by size), and four for performance (by compact, coupe, sedan, utility).

There were also three feature awards, one taken by the Viper and one by Pacifica, and three overall titles (Family, Performance, and Car of Texas), two of which were taken by Chrysler and Dodge.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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