Motor Trend magazine, part of the Primedia Consumer Automotive Group, announced on November 18 the selection of the Chrysler 300 as the 2005 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Now in its 56th year, the title of Motor Trend Car of the Year is a recognized award in the automotive industry. “The Chrysler 300 is a combination of power, responsiveness, room, and refinement,” said Angus MacKenzie, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend. “A home run on significance, a slam dunk on value, and superior to its rivals, the Chrysler 300 is truly deserving of the 2005 Motor Trend Car of the Year award. This year, the editorial staff of Motor Trend conducted testing on 24 new vehicles, from sports cars to minivans, searching for the automobile that best represented value, superiority in its class, and significant development on the new-car scene for 2005. Only truly new or substantially revised cars were considered with the condition that they be available for public sale by January 1. The 2005 Motor Trend Car of the Year competition included the following models: Acura RL, Audi A6, BMW 6 Series, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac STS, Chevrolet Corvette, Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, Ford Five Hundred, Ford Mustang, Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda Odyssey, Kia Amanti, Kia Spectra, Lotus Elise, Mazda 3, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Mercury Montego, Pontiac G6, Porsche 911, Saab 9-2x, Scion tC, Subaru Legacy, and Volvo S40/V50. In making the selection, vehicles are taken through thousands of miles of on-street and on-track driving, in a wide variety of weather and road conditions, to evaluate factors including styling and design; fit, finish and materials; engineering and technology; interior; safety; performance; and value. Additional aspects evaluated included handling balance, response, predictability, and power delivery. The complete report on the 2005 Motor Trend Car of the Year testing and selection will be published in the January 2005 issue of Motor Trend, on newsstands December 2.

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