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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.

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That's great news for Ford :s6:
That's what Ford Australia needs.
It would be fantastic if everyone in the car industry here in Australia raves about the AV when it gets released next year and gets the Car Of The Year Award

AV FALCON, 2003 Car Of The Year :s6:

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AV FALCON, 2003 Car Of The Year :s6:
My votes in... :s6:
It would be nice to see the Falcon at least have a look in for Wheels COTY & the NRMA awards and stuff. Safest car in it's class and it doesn't get a look in! What crap!!

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This is great news for the Blue Oval.

As for us here, I hope the T4 certainly gets in there (that is, if it meets the time deadline). I was just thinking......if the level of improvement from the "T2" to the "T3" is the same from the "T3" to "T4"....I reckon it'd just blow the competition away. I mean, the "T2" came in as 7th (I think) is MCOTY so imagine what the T3 or even the T4 would do!!! Certainly exciting time up ahead of the Blue Oval. BRING IT ON :s2::s1

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Both the AV Falcon and VY Commo will be battling for the 2002 Car of the Year, which will be the first time ever?

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