Thunderbird - Motor Trend COTY
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 21, 2001 – Ford Thunderbird today recaptured Motor Trend's Car of the Year award, the most prestigious and coveted prize in the automotive industry. The award was announced here at the Motor Trend International Auto Show.
In the 50-year lifespan of Motor Trend, no other model has won more Car of the Year honors than Ford Thunderbird. Thunderbird has twice as many wins as its closest competitor.
“We're especially honored that Ford Thunderbird was chosen Motor Trend's Car of the Year for the fourth time,” said Jim O'Connor, Ford Division president. “The all-new Thunderbird celebrates Ford's heritage of innovation, and reaffirms our goal to build the best cars on the planet – cars that invoke passion and touch people's hearts and souls.”
“Ford can be proud of its modern-day reprise of a powerful American tradition,” said Motor Trend Editorial Manager Kevin Smith. “Not only is the Thunderbird handsome to look at, pleasing to drive, and fun to just think about, it's also a milestone development on the automotive landscape. We think it is the most significant new car for 2002 and earns its place as Motor Trend's Car of the Year.”
Motor Trend's editorial staff selected Thunderbird over an international field of 27 competitors.
“The reaction from the public and the automotive press to Thunderbird has been amazing,” said O'Connor. “There is no better advertisement for Ford and its dealers than Motor Trend's Car of the Year award being attached to the passion and heritage of Thunderbird.”
Motor Trend magazine first handed the Thunderbird its Car of the Year award in 1958, noting Ford's totally new concept in interior packaging. The Ford Thunderbird also won the award in 1987 and 1989.