CHRYSLER CONCORDE, DODGE INTREPID AND EAGLE VISION SHARE AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE'S '1993 AUTOMOBILE OF THE YEAR'
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 24 ~PRNewswire~ -- The 1993 Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision have been selected by the editors of Automobile Magazine as the "1993 Automobile of the Year." The award was presented today to Chrysler (NYSE: C) Vice Chairman Robert J. Eaton and President Robert A. Lutz by Automobile Magazine Editor and Publication Director David E. Davis Jr. at a news conference here. "These are great American cars that can hold their own in any company on any kind of road," said Davis in the January 1993 issue of Automobile Magazine. "They are a full-throated rendition of 'America the Beautiful' on wheels." In accepting the award, Vice Chairman Eaton said the pride at Chrysler comes from meeting Automobile Magazine's exacting standard of being the year's most significant new addition to the market. "The Automobile Magazine Award represents a challenge to keep the string going, first begun with Dodge Viper and Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee, and now with Concorde, Intrepid and Vision, and in the future with every new vehicle we intro,?" said Eaton. "It's also a responsibility because we want to uphold the faith Automobile Magazine place in us by building every vehicle with true world-class quality," he said. The "1993 Automobile of the Year" is selected from the best of the new cars, both import and domestic, available through regularly franchised U.S. dealers. In addition to Concorde, Intrepid and Vision, other candidates included BMW 318i, Ford Probe GT, Ford Taurus SHO, Infiniti J30t, Mazda MX6, Mazda RX7, Mercedes-Benz 400E, Nissan Altima SE, Saturn SW2, Subaru SVX and Volkswagen Corrado SLC. "Because Automobile Magazine looks at every new car, regardless of country of origin, we take the 'Automobile of the Year' award as a loud and clear vote that we can design, engineer and build vehicles as well as anyone," said Lutz. "All during the Concorde, Intrepid and Vision development period we knew we had the potential to meet, and perhaps even exceed, what we challenged ourselves to do," Lutz said. "However, you never truly know if you've succeeded until you hand over your new baby to the experts and to the customer. And judging by early sales, our customers feel the same as Automobile Magazine does." According to Automobile Magazine's Davis, the accolades for Chrysler come in the midst of a change in the entire culture of the company. "Chrysler changed rather quickly from a sort of me-too domestic car company to one of the world leaders in innovative new-product development," he said. In selecting Concorde, Intrepid and Vision, Automobile Magazine lauded Chrysler for the dramatic cab-forward design of the sedans. By pushing the rear wheels back and moving the base of the aggressively raked windshield forward, Chrysler designers have created an interior that is "stretched" for more interior occupant space. "They are roomy and comfortable in the manner of American land yachts of yore, but they ride, handle and hold the road like the best of the contemporary imports," said Davis. "All of Chrysler's new LH cars and barn burners -- handsome, roomy, comfortable, fast and safe." For the team of Chrysler employees that created the new sedans, Automobile Magazine's "1993 Automobile of the Year" award is their third major award. Earlier this month, Popular Science magazine named Dodge Intrepid as its Grand Award winner for cars in its "Best of What's New" awards, the annual selection of the year's 100 top products, technologies and scientific achievements from around the world as determined by the editors of Popular Science. Home Mechanix followed with its "1993 Easy Maintenance Car of the Year" award for Concorde, Intrepid and Vision. Founded in 1985, Automobile Magazine has been the fastest-growing automotive enthusiast publication in history, having achieved circulation in excess of 500,000 within its first five years. The "Automobile of the Year" highlights the annual "Automobile All-Stars" January 1993 issue, which will be out in early December. -0- 11~24~92 ~CONTACT: Jason Vines, 313-576-8095, or Tom Kowaleski, 313-576-8099, both of Chrysler~ (C)
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