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CHEVROLET BLAZER WINS 4x4-OF-THE-YEAR CROWN

 CHEVROLET BLAZER WINS 4x4-OF-THE-YEAR CROWN
 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 1992 Chevy Blazer


has won Petersen's coveted 4x4-of-the-Year award. Each year, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine conducts the 4x4-of-the-Year test to determine the best all-around new 4x4. According to Editor Drew Hardin: "The '92 market is packed with potent new 4x4s, but the all-new Blazer is simply the best of the bunch."
 Each year, the magazine's test is limited to 4x4s that are either all new or have substantial changes. In addition to the Blazer, this year's fleet consisted of Chevrolet's all-new Suburban, Chevrolet's diesel-powered K2500 pickup, Ford's Flareside F-150 pickup, Dodge's Magnum-powered Dakota, Mitsubishi's all-new Montero, and Suzuki's 16-valve Sidekick.
 4-Wheel & Off-Road's test is performed by the magazine's staff writers who test vehicles professionally year round. The test was conducted in Southern California during October and consisted of track testing for acceleration and braking, on-highway and off-highway driving, and empirical evaluations. Off-highway terrain included mountain roads, forest trails, rocky streambeds, and hillsides that were either soft dirt, rutted or rocky. The test covered approximately 700 on-asphalt miles and 100 off-asphalt miles. All off-highway driving was done in keeping with Tread Lightly! guidelines.
 Petersen's test is divided into five sections: Mechanical, Ride and Drive, Interior, Exterior and Empirical. Interestingly, American vehicles finished one-two-three in this year's competition. Complete results appear in the February edition of 4-Wheel & Off-Road.
 Technical Editor Tom Bezzi summed up the staff's impressions: "The Blazer is strong, solid and stylish. The 5.7-liter smallblock is gutsy. The A-arm front suspension offers a smooth ride. The body has clean, brawny lines. And the cockpit is comfortable and functional."
 This is the 10th year that 4-Wheel & Off-Road has conducted the 4x4-of-the-Year test. Previous winners are: 1983 -- Chevrolet S-10 Blazer; 1984 -- Jeep Cherokee 2.8-liter; 1985 -- Isuzu Trooper II; 1986 -- Ford Ranger; 1987 -- Nissan Pathfinder; 1988 -- Jeep Cherokee 4.0-liter 4-door; 1989 -- Toyota Pickup; 1990 -- Nissan Pathfinder 4-door; and 1991 -- Dodge Dakota.
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 /CONTACT: Drew Hardin, editor, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 213-854-2360/ CO: 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine; Chevrolet Motor Division ST: California, Michigan IN: AUT PUB SU:


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