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Edmunds.com Announces Consumers' Most Wanted Vehicle Awards for 2006
Consumers Echo Edmunds.com Editors in Choosing Pontiac Solstice as Most Significant Vehicle of the Year
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — May 17, 2006 — Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, today announced the winners of the fifth annual Consumers' Most Wanted vehicle awards.
"It's always interesting to tap into the minds of consumers," said Karl Brauer, Editor-in-Chief of Edmunds.com. "These annual awards provide insight into consumers' collective impressions while the Edmunds.com Forums and our social networking Web site CarSpace give glimpses into individual opinions every day of the year."
The Pontiac Solstice, which was named Most Significant Vehicle of the Year by Edmunds.com editors in November, won that title again when consumers served as the judges earlier this month. The Solstice earned nearly 50 percent more votes than the next highest finisher, the Honda Civic. In third place was the Chevrolet Corvette.
"The domestic automakers made some real traction this year among the consumers who voted," observed Brauer. "Domestic vehicles won twice as many awards as they did last year — a good sign for Chrysler, Ford and GM."
Comparing manufacturers, BMW led the pack, winning six awards, while Chevy, Ford and Honda tied for second place, each winning three awards in this year's survey.
The 2006 winners are:
|Consumers' Most Significant Vehicle of the Year||Pontiac Solstice|
|Coupe Under $15,000||Honda Civic|
|Sedan Under $15,000||Mazda 3|
|Wagon Under $15,000||Scion xB|
|Coupe Under $25,000||Ford Mustang|
|Convertible Under $25,000||Pontiac Solstice|
|Sedan Under $25,000||Honda Accord|
|Wagon Under $25,000||Audi A3|
|SUV Under $25,000||Toyota RAV4|
|Coupe Under $35,000||Infiniti G35|
|Convertible Under $35,000||BMW Z4|
|Sedan Under $35,000||BMW 3 Series|
|Wagon Under $35,000||BMW 3 Series|
|SUV Under $35,000||Chevrolet Tahoe/ GMC Yukon|
|Wagon Over $35,000||BMW 5 Series|
|Coupe Under $45,000||Chevrolet Corvette|
|Convertible Under $45,000||Porsche Boxster|
|Sedan Under $45,000||BMW 5 Series|
|SUV Under $45,000||Cadillac SRX|
|Coupe Over $45,000||Porsche 911|
|Convertible Over $45,000||Chevrolet Corvette|
|Sedan Over $45,000||BMW 7 Series|
|SUV Over $45,000||Cadillac Escalade|
|Compact Truck||Toyota Tacoma|
|Large Truck||Ford F-Series|
Details on all award winners are listed at: http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/consumers-most-wanted/2006/.
Each October, Edmunds.com editors choose their favorite vehicles in the Editors' Most Wanted Vehicle awards. The most recent list of those winners can be found at: http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/mostwanted/2006/index.html.
About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Edmunds.com is the premier online resource for automotive information. Its comprehensive set of data, tools and services is generated by Edmunds.com Information Solutions and is licensed to third parties and used by over 15,000 cars dealers including 98 of the 100 dealers named to the Ward's Dealer Business "e-Dealer 100" list. Perhaps the most popular consumer product, Edmunds.com True Market Value® pricing, is relied upon by millions of people seeking market-reflective valuations for new and used vehicles. The company also supplies content for the auto sections of NYTimes.com, AOL, CNN.com and About.com; provides weekly data to Automotive News; and delivers monthly data reports to Wall Street analysts. In addition, Edmunds.com publishes Inside Line (), a free high-speed online magazine for auto enthusiasts, and CarSpace (www.carspace.com), an automotive lifestyle social networking Web site for anyone with an interest in automobiles. Edmunds.com was named "Best Car Research Site" by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the "Most Useful Web Site" according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com StudySM, was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites by The Wall Street Journal and was rated number one in Keynote's study of third-party automotive web sites. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit.