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CADILLAC STS NAMED UPI 1993 CAR OF THE YEAR

 WASHINGTON, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- United Press International today named the 1993 Cadillac STS, virtually unchanged in appearance from last year but rebuilt from stem to stern under its sleek body, as UPI Car of the Year, eclipsing the BMW 740i.
 The Cadillac luxury performance sedan was selected as the first Car of the Year by a panel of three judges among eight vehicles nominated by UPI reviewers.
 The UPI Car of the Year award considers both domestic and imported vehicles, the only rating that accounts for both classes. It also limits its field to vehicles designed primarily for moving people, including sport utility vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and vans like the Mercury Villager, as cars.
 Other nominees were the BMW 740i, the Ford Probe GT, the Chrysler LH cars -- nominated as a group -- the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Mercury Villager, the Infiniti J-30s and the Saturn SCI.
 UPI's review of the STS: "The 1992 Cadillac STS established itself as a world-class luxury-performance sedan. The 1993 edition is a road rocket that sets the pace for others to follow ... And the secret ingredient in the 1993 STS remake is the 4.6 liter, 32-valve Northstar V8 engine, which has 14 patents pending or granted.
 "Also new on the 1993 STS is a Road Sensing Suspension system that ... ensures maximum comfort and control. Cornering is much improved over the 1992 STS ... The steering is wonderfully responsive. You can feel virtually every dimple in the highway at the wheel. But the suspension could carry a tray of crystal glasses through a minefield without breaking a single one," the review concluded.
 The ratings represent a weighted average based on separate rankings for Performance (40 percent); Passenger Comfort-Ergonomics (20 percent); Technological Advancement (10 percent); Value (10 percent); Styling (10 percent); Ride (5 percent); and Market Significance (5 percent). The STS rated a 9.15 of a possible 10.
 Each of three eight nominees scored a 10 in at least one of the seven categories. The STS, BMW 740i and Chrysler LH cars each racked up three 10s in individual categories.
 To be eligible for the 1993 UPI Car of the Year award, vehicles had to be completely new or significantly redesigned for the 1993 model year, designated as a 1993 model and available for delivery to consumers on or before Dec. 31, 1992.
 A panel of six UPI staffers who contribute regularly to the wire service's weekly Roadtalk column drove each of more than 30 eligible cars for a week and made the eight nominations.
 UPI staffers reviewed more than 60 cars, 33 of which included design changes or met other criteria to be eligible for nomination for Car of the Year.
 Staffers who conducted the test drives and wrote the Roadtalk columns are not professional drivers or weekend racers but rather ordinary consumers. They and their families spent a week with the cars they tested, driving them under normal circumstances as well as some more challenging conditions.
 The three-judge panel included UPI Business Writer Jack Lesar, who edits Roadtalk and covers the auto industry for UPI, a typical motorist and a mechanic.
 Copies of the stories, the ratings charts or additional information are available by calling UPI World Headquarters at 202-898-8200. Copies can be transmitted by facsimile.
 Judging Criteria
 A panel of three judges rated for each car on a scale of 1 to 10 in five categories: Performance, Comfort-Ergonomics, Value, Styling, and Ride. A separate three-member judging panel rated the cars for technological advancement based on industrywide developments. A rating for market significance was assigned by the UPI reporter who covers the auto industry in consultation with industry analysts.
 Individual scores were then averaged and rounded to the nearest whole number before weighting was applied and the final average calculated.
 The final scores represent a weighted average based on Performance (Per - 40 percent); Comfort-Ergonomics (C/E - 20 percent); Technological Advancement (Tch - 10 percent); Styling (Sty - 10 percent; Value (Val - 10 percent); Ride (5 percent); and Market Significance (Msg - 5 percent).
 Model Per C/E Tch Stl Val Rde Msg Tot WAvg
 Cad STS 9 9 10 8 10 9 10 65 9.15
 BMW 7401 10 9 10 7 4 9 10 59 8.85
 Chrysler LHs 8 10 7 8 10 7 10 60 8.55
 Ford Probe GT 9 8 6 10 9 9 8 59 8.55
 Merc Villager 8 10 7 8 7 9 9 58 8.30
 Jeep Gr Cherokee 9 9 9 6 5 10 8 56 8.30
 J30 8 7 6 10 8 9 7 55 7.80
 Saturn SC1 5 7 6 7 10 8 6 49 6.40
 -0- 5/4/93
 /CONTACT: Steve Geimann of United Press International, 202-898-8214, or home, 202-362-7845/


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