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: Ford wins 9 Ideal Vehicle Awards

09-05-2007, 08:59 PM
AutoPacific via TheAutoChannel: 2007 Ideal* Vehicle Awards (<table border=0 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0 width=620><tr><td colspan=2>TUSTIN, Calif., Sept. 5
The top-rated premium brand overall is Lincoln, out-scoring Buick and Porsche for the most ideal premium vehicle brand honors. The top-rated mainstream brand is Mercury...

Ford Motor Company led the industry with a total of nine segment winners. General Motors and Hyundai have four each. Ford won five sport utility vehicle categories with Expedition, Explorer, Edge, Lincoln MKX and Range Rover.

Including two ties, of the twenty-five Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA) categories, American brands have twelve segment winners, European brands have six, Japanese brands have five and Korean brands have four winners...
<tr><td colspan=2>2007 Ideal Premium Brand: Lincoln

2007 Ideal Mainstream Brand: Mercury

Top rated 2007 Ideal Vehicles:
Passenger Cars___________________________________</td></tr><tr><td valign=top>Premium Luxury Car
Aspirational Luxury Car
Large Luxury Car
Large Car
Luxury Mid-Size Car
Premium Mid-Size Car
Mid-Size Car
Image Compact Car
Compact Car
Economy Car
Premium Sports Car
Sports Car
Sporty Car</td>
<td valign=top>Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Infiniti G35
Mercury Grand Marquis
Mercury Montego
Lincoln MKZ
Hyundai Sonata
Saturn Aura
Audi A3
Hyundai Elantra
Toyota Yaris
Porsche Cayman
Porsche Boxster
Ford Mustang/Volkswagen Eos (tie)</td></tr><tr>
<td colspan=2>Pickups, SUVs, and Minivans___________________________________</td></tr><tr>
<td valign=top>Large Light-Duty Pickup
Large Heavy-Duty Pickup
Compact Pickup
Luxury Sport Utility
Large Sport Utility
Mid-Size Sport Utility
Compact SUV/Off-Road Vehicle
Luxury Crossover SUV
Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV
Mid-Size Crossover SUV
Compact Crossover SUV</td>
<td valign=top>Nissan Titan
GMC Sierra 2500
GMC Canyon
Hyundai Entourage
Range Rover
Ford Expedition/Chevrolet Suburban (tie)
Ford Explorer
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Lincoln MKX
Ford Edge
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson</td></tr></table>

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* "An "ideal" is defined as an excellent or perfect example. In the annual Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA),
announced today by automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, owners rate their new 2007
model year cars and trucks by how closely they come to their ideal. The cars or trucks that owners
would change the least are the most ideal."

09-05-2007, 10:29 PM
9 of 12 from the domestics.
Not bad at all. And much of that from "re-badged Fords."

Hmmm, I guess it is more important for customers to have a car that is carefully thought out with safety and functionality a priority and well engineered to fit peopels lifestyles today - then it is to have sheet metal that is more distinctive than some other sister brand, which they are not driving anyway.