Popular Mechanics magazine has announced winners of the 2010 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards. Chosen by the magazine’s expert editorial team, the awards recognize the best in automotive design, execution and technology for 2010 model year vehicles in 10 categories.
“Despite a tumultuous year in the automotive industry, engineers have rolled out some of the best cars we’ve ever seen,” said James Meigs, editor-in-chief, Popular Mechanics. “We are exceptionally proud of this year’s Automotive Excellence Award winners, all of which represent the innovation and foresight that will keep this industry moving forward.”
Performance: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Design: Chevrolet Camaro
Value: Kia Soul
Fuel Efficiency: Toyota Prius
Versatility: Subaru Outback
Fun to Drive: Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Off-Road Ability: Ford F-150 Raptor
Technical Innovation: Lexus Remote Touch
Luxury: BMW 335d
Workhorse: Ford Transit Connect
Each year, to determine the winners of the Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards, PM’s editors drive more than 100 of the newest cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles, amassing more than 100,000 miles in the process.
Through their experiences on extended test drives around the world, instrumented comparison tests and longer-term evaluations, the auto team nominates a list of vehicles in each category.
Those selections are put to a vote and the top vote-getters in each category win an Automotive Excellence Award. The auto team is led by automotive editor Ben Stewart, working with Detroit editor Larry Webster and senior automotive editor Mike Allen, the magazine’s contributing editors, and editor-in-chief James Meigs.
Full coverage of the 2010 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards winners can be found in the December issue of Popular Mechanics, on newsstands Nov. 10, 2009.
Press release courtesy of www.popularmechanics.com.