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Pacifica, Giulia take top Texas honors

by Bill Cawthon on

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio was named the 2017 Car of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association. The results, based on voting by TAWA’s active journalist members, were announced Monday in Austin at the group’s Spring Auto Roundup.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum gained three titles: Family Car of Texas, Green Car of Texas, and Minivan of Texas. The Pacifica’s powertrain claimed the top spot in the Best Features category.

Jeep came out of the Spring Roundup with awards for the new Compass Latitude/Trailhawk (Activity Vehicle of Texas) and the Grand Cherokee SRT (Performance Utility of Texas).

FCA led the Performance Sedan class, with the Alfa taking first place and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat as runner-up.

All told, FCA came away with eight awards, the most of any automaker

This year’s Spring Roundup took place at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack, a new venue for the event.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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