It’s billed as the largest automotive media association in North America, yet until now, the Los Angeles based Motor Press Guild didn’t have its own Vehicle of the Year awards program.
That’s now changed, for during the association’s annual track day, a panel of journalists evaluated a selection of vehicles with the aim of picking a winner for the MPG’s Vehicle of the Year award. Categories in which the panel were asked to focus on included safety, quality, value, performance/handling, design/style, environmental/green impact and technology/innovation standards.
And once the dust settled, the MPG declared Audi‘s new A7 Sportback as the overall winner. Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi of America was naturally, delighted at the result. ”The A7 is the epitome of high style and artistry, with a five-door coupe design that is both sporty and elegant. Response to the launch of the A7 this year has been outstanding. We’re proud to be selected by Motor Press Guild as the recipient of their first-ever Vehicle of the Year award,” he stated.
MPG’s president, Laura Burstein, added ”it was a close contest, but the 2012 Audi A7 managed to edge out the competition with its compelling combination of handsome styling, dynamic handling and advanced in-car technology. In this highly competitive market, it’s hard to be a standout, but Audi did it with the A7. Likewise, we congratulate all of our finalists on bringing solid, efficient and good-looking vehicles to the market that are fun to drive.”