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January 12, 2008

12th Annual International Car of the Year Awards Introduces Inaugural Earth Angel Award

Rtm_logo Road & Travel Magazine (RTM) will present its 2008 International Car of the Year Awards on Saturday, January 12, 2008, as the kick-off event for press week of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS); for the first time, Road & Travel will also honor the most environmentally friendly automaker with the "Earth Angel" Award. The invitation-only event will feature special appearances by U.S. Congressman John D. Dingell and U.S. Senator Carl Levin

Icoty_award The 12th Annual International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY), will recognize the Top 10 vehicles for 2008 including:  International Car of the Year, International Truck of the Year, Most Sex Appeal (sports car), Most Athletic (pickup truck), Most Resourceful (SUV), Most Respected (luxury), Most Compatible (minivan), Most Dependable (Sedan), Most Spirited (entry level) and Most Versatile (crossover). U.S. Congressman John D. Dingell will present opening remarks.

Earthangel The inaugural Earth Angel Award will be presented honoring the most environmentally friendly automaker, a first in the auto industry. U.S. Senator Carl Levin will speak on the success of automakers in the fight against global warming, and will also announce the winning automaker.

The annual Lifetime Achievement Award will honor veteran automotive journalist Thos L. Bryant, editor-in-chief of Road & Track, whose work has appeared in Road & Track, Pickup Van & 4 Wheel Drive and Road & Track specials. Former recipients Denise McCluggage, David E. Davis Jr., and Jim Dunne will also be in attendance.

Heartstring_logo_2 RTM will present its annual Heart String Award to an automaker and agency for the most emotionally compelling car commercial that ran on national TV in 2007.

About ICOTY: The ICOTY Awards were founded in 1996 by Courtney Caldwell, editor-in-chief of RTM. Coined the "Academy Awards of Cars," ICOTY has become the largest auto awards show in the United States. Its unique theme was created to celebrate the emotional connection between car and consumer and recognize the automakers that most successfully accomplish that goal through the design and marketing of their vehicles. "It's about how cars reflect our lifestyles and image of self, an attitude most consumers identify with,"  says Courtney Caldwell, Road & Travel Magazine editor in chief and ICOTY's creator.

Here's a look at ICOTY's top three nominees in all ten categories:

International Car of the Year: Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord Sedan, Cadillac CTS
International Truck of the Year: Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, Mazda CX-9, Chrysler Town & Country
Luxury -- Most Respected: Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG
Sedan -- Most Dependable: Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru Legacy 3.0 Limited, Honda Accord Sedan
Entry Level -- Most Spirited: Dodge Caliber SRT4, Volvo C30, Ford Focus
Sports Car -- Most Sex Appeal: Infiniti G37 Coupe, BMW 335i Convertible, Audi R8
Pickup Truck -- Most Athletic: Toyota Tundra, GMC Sierra Denali, Ford F-250 Super Duty
SUV -- Most Resourceful: Land Rover LR2, Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz ML320 CDI
Minivan/Life Stage -- Most Compatible: Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan
Crossover -- Most Versatile: Buick Enclave, Volvo XC70, Nissan Rogue

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