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Internet Car and Truck of the Year winners announced

02/23/2010, 3:45 PMBY MARK KLEIS

The Internet Car and Truck of the Year winners have been chosen for the first time, and without any influence of automaker advertising. For the first time we have winners chosen separately by both the Internet Pros and the Average Joes.

The Internet Pros group is made up of 12 hand-picked writers from some of the top automotive news sites online, including our very own Mark Elias. By contrast, the Average Joes’ votes came from car enthusiasts and passersby from all reaches of the Internet – surpassing 50,000 votes.

The Internet Pros selected the 2010 Mazda3 as their Car of the Year, citing the vehicles’ performance, size and fun-to-drive characteristics.

“It’s just the right size and has great performance. It comes standard with the available bells and whistles and it’s really edgy looking. I just wanted to take it to the track because it handled tightly, has great throttle response and it’s a blast to drive,” said Leftlane friend and automotive analyst, Lauren Fix.

The Average Joes, by contrast, cast their votes for the brand new 2010 Chevy Camaro. Consumers seem to agree that the Camaro is a popular and fun new car, as its sales surpassed the 2010 Ford Mustang on a month-by-month basis for the first time in 16 years.

When it came time to pick the Internet Truck of the Year, both the Internet Pros and Average Joes found common ground in the highly acclaimed 2010 Chevy Equinox. The Chevy Equinox is an all-new mid-size crossover by GM that has achieved rave reviews by professional reviewers and consumers alike, largely due to the impressive 32 mpg highway rating and accommodating interior.

Dan Roth, of Autoblog, said, “…it’s a clear signal of General Motors newfound realization that it not only needs great products, it needs the right great products.”

Analysis of the votes reported by the Average Joes show that 79 percent of votes came from males versus females, and that a substantial 47 percent of the voters were between 40 and 55 years of age.

Also announced for the first time was the Internet Automotive Journalist of the year, John Neff, who was chosen for his talented stewardship of a major automotive news site, as well as his strong advocacy for Internet automotive journalists.

The Internet Car and Truck of the Year awards were created by Keith Griffin and a group of internet automotive websites and the New England Motor Press Association.



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