Detroit - General Motors which has struggled to reinvigorate its passenger car lineup in
recent years, on Sunday took car-of-the-year honours at the
Detroit Motor Show for the second straight year.
The Chevrolet Malibu was named the 2008 North American Car
of the Year. Mazda's CX-9 sports utility vehicle was
named truck of the year.
"The Japanese have owned this segment for over a decade,
but Chevrolet's shot across their bow suggests the terms of
surrender have, at long last, been violated," one of the
judges, Karl Brauer of industry tracking website Edmunds.com,
said of the Malibu.
The awards, which carmakers typically use to market their
vehicles, were awarded by a panel of 45 automotive journalists
and presented at the North American International Auto Show in
GM won both car and truck honours at the 2007 show and had a
chance to repeat this year. The number one US carmaker had four
of the six finalists in both categories.
Trailing the Malibu (190 points) were GM's Cadillac CTS
(165) and the Honda Accord (95). The Mazda SUV finished with
201 votes, topping GM's Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (140) and Buick
Last year, GM's Saturn Aura won the car award, while the
Chevy Silverado pickup won truck honors. This year was the 15th
year for the awards.