The Saturn Aura is the “2007 North American Car of the Year.” The award is predicated on votes from almost 50 unbiased automotive journalists scattered throughout the U.S. and Canada and for that cause is extensively thought-about the most prestigious of its sort.
The all-new 2007 Saturn Aura handily beat the Honda Match and Toyota Camry to earn the award. (The Saturn Aura obtained 205 factors; the Honda Match acquired 176 and the Toyota Camry 89 factors.)
John Davis of Motor Week referred to as the Aura “a putting and entertaining household sedan various to Camry and Accord (with an) wonderful interior that’s unique, but mainstream.”
“The Saturn Aura is a breakthrough car for Basic Motors,” stated Street and Monitor Detroit editor Matt DeLorenzo. “The exterior styling, interior upgrades and drive
practice, particularly the three.6-liter V6 with the six-velocity automated, come collectively as an entire package deal. The street manners are strong, the interior is gorgeous, and the general match and end is prime-notch. Add in a aggressive price construction that retains the sticker under $30,000 and you’ve got a world-class household sedan.”
“This smart Euro-styled sedan could lead on a Saturn turnaround,” stated Ken Gross, a contract automotive journalist who writes for Playboy and different magazines. “It’s properly thought out, very properly styled, entertaining to drive and thoughtfully priced.”
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Tom Lankard agreed: “The Aura is what a Saturn was promised to be from the starting: an reasonably priced, properly-engineered, slickly designed, individuals-pleasant, state-of-the artwork car.”
The North American Car of the Year award is designed to acknowledge the most excellent automobiles of the yr based mostly on many elements, together with innovation, design, safety, dealing with, driver satisfaction and worth, says NACTOY organizer Chris Jensen of the Cleveland Plain Supplier. To be eligible automobiles have to be “all new” or “considerably modified” from the earlier mannequin.
“Lots of automotive awards are given out annually,” NCTD.com editor McCullough stated. “However the North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year awards are totally different. Somewhat than coming from a single media group, these two awards are determined by forty nine unbiased automotive journalists. They characterize the best automotive journalists from print, radio, tv, and the web.”
The jurors for the award characterize newspapers comparable to USA Immediately, the San Jose Mercury Information, The Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, The Plain Vendor, the Toronto Star; magazines reminiscent of Fortune, Car and Driver, Street & Monitor, AutoWeek, and Well-liked Mechanics; on-line media resembling Edmunds.com and NewCarTestDrive.com; tv broadcasts resembling MotorWeek and Autoline Detroit; newsstand purchaser’s guides corresponding to Shopper Information; and commerce publications similar to Automotive Information and Motor.