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Edmunds.com Announces Pontiac Solstice as Most Significant Vehicle for 2006 at SEMA Show
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — November 2, 2005 — Edmunds.com, the Internet's premiere resource for consumer automotive information, today named the Pontiac Solstice as its Most Significant Vehicle for 2006 during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.
This accolade is awarded annually to a vehicle that, according to the editors at Edmunds.com, significantly changes the rules of a given segment, creates a new niche or redefines an automaker's image.
"The Pontiac Solstice has expanded the affordable sports roadster segment with an attractive, innovative package at a truly affordable price," observed Karl Brauer, editor-in-chief of Edmunds.com. "It's given a lot of consumers a great reason to become enthusiastic about what's new for 2006 — and also offers performance enthusiasts an exciting new reason to visit their local Pontiac dealer."
Past "Most Significant" award winners include the Chrysler 300, Nissan Titan, Nissan 350Z, Mini Cooper, Chrysler PT Cruiser and Honda Insight.
"We're honored that the Pontiac Solstice has been named Edmunds.com's Most Significant Vehicle for 2006," said Jim Hunter, Solstice Product Manager, as he accepted the award presented by Karl Brauer and Kevin Smith, editorial director of Edmunds.com's Inside Line online magazine. "Given the quality and character of the other new 2006 vehicles, as well as Edmunds.com's reputation as a key source of unbiased information, singling out the Solstice for this award is truly a great compliment to the team that envisioned this new American roadster and worked hard to get it on the road."
Edmunds.com also announced the winners of its eighth annual "Editors' Most Wanted" vehicle awards, recognizing the vehicles the Edmunds.com editors would choose to buy with their own money.
The 2006 winners are:
|Sedan Under $15,000||Mazda 3|
|Sedan Under $25,000||Dodge Charger|
|Sedan Under $35,000||BMW 3 Series|
|Sedan Under $45,000||BMW 5 Series|
|Sedan Over $45,000||Audi A8|
|Wagon Under $15,000||Scion xB|
|Wagon Under $25,000||Dodge Magnum|
|Wagon Under $35,000||Audi A4|
|Wagon Over $35,000||Mercedes-Benz E Class|
|Coupe Under $15,000||Honda Civic|
|Coupe Under $25,000||Ford Mustang|
|Coupe Under $35,000||BMW 3 Series|
|Coupe Under $45,000||Chevrolet Corvette|
|Coupe Over $45,000||BMW 6 Series|
|Convertible Under $25,000||Ford Mustang|
|Convertible Under $35,000||BMW Z4|
|Convertible Under $45,000||Lotus Elise|
|Convertible Over $45,000||Mercedes-Benz SL-Class|
|Compact Truck||Toyota Tacoma|
|Large Truck||Nissan Titan|
|SUV Under $25,000||Nissan Xterra|
|SUV Under $35,000||Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer|
|SUV Under $45,000||BMW X5|
|SUV Over $45,000||Toyota Land Cruiser/LX 470|
|Exotic (Coupe)||Bentley GT Coupe|
|Exotic ( Sedan )||Bentley Flying Spur|
"The Editors' Most Wanted winners are the vehicles our editorial team would choose to park in their own garages if given the opportunity to buy a vehicle in each of these categories.," Brauer explains. "Every vehicle on the list offers a compelling mix of performance, quality, style and value-for-the-money and truly deserves recognition for this achievement."
About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Edmunds.com is the premier online resource for automotive information. Its comprehensive set of data, tools and services, including Edmunds.com True Market Value ® pricing, is generated by Edmunds.com Information Solutions and is licensed to third parties. The company supplies content for the auto sections of NYTimes.com, AOL, CNN.com, About.com and IGN.com, provides weekly data to Automotive News, and delivers monthly data reports to Wall Street analysts. Edmunds.com also publishes Inside Line (www.insideline.com), a free online magazine for auto enthusiasts. 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 Study SM , and was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites by The Wall Street Journal. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica , Calif. and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit .