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Malibu Awarded North American Car of the Year Honors

Geez,isuzu a $100 million ad campaign should do something for ya. And do it did for the Chevrolet Malibu.

The new Malibu, promoted extensively dating to the global telecast last October of the World Series, has been selected as the 2008 North American Car of the Year. The announcement gave General Motors Corp. the top honor for the second straight year.

The Malibu was chosen by this year’s media jury from a field of 15 cars and 13 trucks. GM vehicles captured four of the final six candidate spots for the awards.

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GM, Toyota Battle For No. 1 Over A Half-Million Cars

What’s a few hundred thousand cars between close friends?

According the manufacturers’ respective tallies, General Motors and Toyota ended  2007 nearly tied for honors as the world’s biggest automaker.

General Motors announced this week it sold 9,369,524 cars in 2007. Toyota also reported this week that it sold 9.366 million cars last year,  about 3,000 fewer vehicles than GM.

Toyota has steadily expanded its U.S. demand for small cars, particularly the hybrid market. Its Prius is the best-selling hybrid in the country. Toyota has also done well in the pick-up truck market, where the Tundra was named Truck of the Year by a respected national automotive publication.

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Skoda Extends Tour de France Official Car Deal Through 2011

The daily procession of automobiles, trucks, motorhomes and bicycles in the Tour de France has reached its saturation point. Hundreds of officials’ cars, team vehicles, media cars and photographers’ motorcycles depart each stage of the race in a grand and often frantic ceremony more elaborate than the departure of the cyclists.

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