FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Edmunds.com Announces Editors' Most Wanted Awards for 2003 Model Year; Nissan 350 Z Named Most Significant Vehicle of the Year
Santa Monica, CA - October 30, 2002 - Edmunds.com, the Internet's premiere resource for consumer automotive information, today announced the winners of the fifth annual Editors' Most Wanted vehicle awards and named the Nissan 350 Z the Edmunds.com Editor's Most Significant Vehicle of the Year.
"The Editors' Most Wanted awards recognize the current model year vehicles the Edmunds.com editors would choose, for each of 29 vehicle categories, if we were spending our own money," explains Karl Brauer, Editor-In-Chief of Edmunds.com. "For this task, our demographically diverse editorial staff is guided by passion, not science, to choose the vehicles we'd love to have in our own driveways."
The 2003 winners in each category are:
|Coupe Under $15,000||Honda Civic|
|Sedan Under $15,000||Hyundai Elantra|
|Wagon Under $15,000||Suzuki Aerio|
|Coupe Under $25,000||MINI Cooper|
|Convertible Under $25,000||Mazda MX-5 Miata|
|Sedan Under $25,000||Volkswagen Passat|
|Wagon Under $25,000||Volkswagen Passat|
|SUV Under $25,000||Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute|
|Coupe Under $35,000||BMW 3 Series|
|Convertible Under $35,000||Honda S2000|
|Sedan Under $35,000||BMW 3 Series|
|Wagon Under $35,000||Audi A4|
|SUV Under $35,000||Honda Pilot|
|Coupe Under $45,000||Chevrolet Corvette|
|Convertible Under $45,000||BMW 3 Series|
|Sedan Under $45,000||BMW 5 Series|
|Wagon Under $45,000||BMW 5 Series|
|Midsize SUV Under $45,000||BMW X5|
|Large SUV Under $45,000||Toyota Sequoia|
|Coupe Over $45,000||Porsche 911|
|Convertible Over $45,000||Mercedes-Benz SL-Class|
|Sedan Over $45,000||Mercedes-Benz E-Class|
|Wagon Over $45,000||Mercedes-Benz E-Class|
|Midsize SUV Over $45,000||Land Rover Range Rover|
|Large SUV Over $45,000||Toyota Land Cruiser/Lexus LX 470|
|Compact Truck||Dodge Dakota|
|Large Truck||Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra|
|Exotic||Ferrari 360 Modena|
In conjunction with the Editors' Most Wanted award announcements each October, Edmunds.com also selects the Most Significant Vehicle of the Year. This accolade is awarded to a vehicle that changes the rules of a given segment, creates a new niche or redefines an automaker's image. The Nissan 350Z redefines the price point of the sports car segment, offering an unprecedented 287 horsepower for less than $27,000. In addition, the introduction of the Z punctuates Nissan's revival, putting a finishing touch on the company's competitive, complete model line offering.
Details on all award winners are listed at http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/consumers-most-wanted/2003/.
Members of the public are invited to vote for their own vehicle choices at Edmunds.com each April. Last year's Consumers' Most Wanted award winners can be found at http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/consumers-most-wanted/2003/.
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