Edmunds.com Announces Editors' Most Wanted Awards for 2003 Model Year


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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
Minivan Honda Odyssey
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/.

About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Edmunds.com is the Internet's pioneer and leader in providing unbiased automotive information, tools and services for consumers covering all aspects of buying, selling and owning a vehicle. Edmunds.com is viewed by consumers as the "most useful Web site," according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2001 and 2002 New Autoshopper.com StudiesSM*.

*J.D. Power and Associates is not affiliated with Edmunds.com, Inc. and does not endorse Edmunds.com or any other Web sites.

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