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 |  Nov 10 2011, 12:30 PM

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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.”

GALLERY: 2012 Audi A7

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Read AutoGuide’s 2012 Audi A7 Review here

 |  Oct 04 2011, 3:45 PM

This is the first year the Southern California-based Motor Press Guild (MPG) is handing out its Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year (VOTY) Award, and the list of finalists has just been released.

Chosen by a panel of 18 MPG journalist members who routinely drive and review cars, the final five finalists will be evaluated and voted on by all MPG journalist members at the organization’s annual Track Day Event on October 11 and 12. Making the list are the 2012 Audi A7, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, the 2012 Fiat 500, the 2012 Ford Focus and the 2011 Hyundai Elantra.

To have qualified for the award, vehicles must be all-new or substantially changed for the 2011 calendar year. They must also be available at dealerships on or before January 1, 2012, and these vehicles should represent the unique Southern California marketplace. When reviewing vehicles, MPG journalists evaluate based on safety, quality, value, performance, handling, design, style, environmental impact and technology and innovation.

“We’re proud of the top five cars nominated by our MPG jury,” said Laura Burstein, Motor Press Guild President and VOTY panelist. “Not only are these finalists excellent vehicles overall, they represent a variety of segments and price points – and they show a little So-Cal flair, too. Any of these vehicles would be worthy of the VOTY award.”

The winner of the 2011 Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year will be announced during the Los Angeles International Auto Show Press Days on November 16 to 17, 2011.