Malibu Wins Car of the Year

Mazda CX-9 wins best truck at Detroit auto show
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 13, 2008 4:26 PM CST
Bob Grazinano, executive vice president of Mazda Motor Corp., left; Daniel Morris, director of senior management executive officer; Ryoichi Hasegawa, senior managing executive officer; and Robert Davis,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – General Motors' goal of taking on the Camry and Accord got a boost today as the Chevy Malibu won North American Car of the Year at Detroit’s auto show, reports. Its Corvette-inspired twin-cockpit design, and a body shape similar to European luxury cars, has already won media accolades. Truck of the Year went to the Mazda CX-9, which beat out two GM finalists for the prize.

The CX-9 won acclaim for its ride and handling; it has also been upgraded with a V6 engine that boasts 273 horsepower, 10 more than the original model. Prizes were awarded by 47 reporters from the US and Canada, who picked from 13 cars and 15 trucks considered "all new" or "substantially redesigned.”