LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MOTOR TREND today announced the Motor Trend award winners of the “Golden Calipers” for Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, SUV of the Year, and Person of the Year. One of the most prestigious and sought-after honors by automotive manufacturers worldwide, the award winners were announced during a red carpet ceremony at a gala event featuring an audience of industry insiders and celebrity guests at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
“We are thrilled to announce the best of the best in the industry,” says Edward Loh, editor-in-chief of MOTOR TREND. “This year’s coveted Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, SUV of the Year, and Person of the Year are being presented to some of the most well-deserving and innovative recipients we have had since the founding of the award in 1949.”
Finalists this year were evaluated against six key criteria: safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence, and performance of intended function. Judges for each program came from the MOTOR TREND staff and also included two special guest judges for Car of the Year (legendary car designer Tom Gale and product development guru Chris Theodore) and one special guest judge for SUV of the Year (auto engineering expert Gordon Dickie). The Person of the Year was chosen from MOTOR TREND’s annual Power List of the automotive industry’s 50 most influential people.
The details of the awards are:
2018 MOTOR TREND Car of the Year Winner: Alfa Romeo Giulia
What clinched this year’s Car of the Year winner with MOTOR TREND judges was the sheer joy that the Alfa Romeo Giulia puts back into driving. Alfa understands the nuance that sport sedan drivers desire, with a racy engine response and dynamic handling without a rough ride. The Giulia’s 2.0-liter turbo-four engine demonstrates notable power with its stunning-yet-tractable 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque.
The judges’ evaluation of the $38,990 base Alfa Romeo Giulia convinced them of the car’s overall prestige. Alfa succeeded in making a blazingly fast performance sedan, while delivering luxurious touches in the base-model version—an accomplishment many car manufacturers are unable to achieve. The Giulia range is topped by the 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio edition, which is, as one judge notes, “the best pure sports sedan you can buy today.”
Following a week of testing at the Hyundai-Kia Motors California Proving Ground,