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Texas Auto Writers Association Names the 2017 Car of Texas

Evaluations took place at Circuit of the Americas premier racetrack, home to the only Formula 1 race in America.

Journalist members of the Texas Auto Writers Association gathered at the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, Texas, to evaluate cars showcased by top automobile manufacturers such as FCA, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Lexus, and others. The annual two-day event, presented by Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), gave automotive writers an opportunity to interact with industry representatives and participate in on-track test drives of 42 different vehicles in 11 separate categories in order to evaluate each on the basis of exterior, interior, performance, value, and overall appeal.


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The group was additionally able to experience an onsite simulation of the newly-standard Toyota Safety Sense package and hear a panel discussion regarding the future impact of autonomous vehicles which featured Bill Kohler and Van Lindberg of Dykema along with Jay Propes of The Graydon Group. With a mission to promote quality and accuracy in automotive journalism and to disseminate information about the automotive industry, this reputable press organization has selected the following winners for 2017:


Car of Texas: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Family Car of Texas: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum

Performance Car of Texas: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S


Texas Auto Writers Association Auto Roundup

Nic Phillips (TAWA), Kimberly Shults (FCA), Jody Hall (SMDI), Derek Price (TAWA)

Texas Auto Writers Association Auto Roundup

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S wins in the category of Performance Car of Texas


Compact Car: 2017 Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring

Minivan: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum

Activity Vehicle: 2017 Jeep Compass (Latitude and Trailhawk)

Full-Size Luxury Car: 2017 Volvo S90 Inscription

Green Vehicle: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum


Texas Auto Writers Association Auto Roundup

Journalists Jesse Garcia and Scott Tilley evaluate the 2017 Dodge Challenger.

Texas Auto Writers Association Auto Roundup

The 2018 Lexus LC 500 hybrid wins in the category of Performance Coupe.


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Performance Compact: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Performance Coupe: 2018 Lexus LC 500h

Performance Sedan: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Performance Utility: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Supercar: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S


Texas Auto Writers Association Auto Roundup

The 2017 Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring wins in the category of Compact Car.

Texas Auto Writers Association Auto Roundup

Sherri Tilley experiences simulation of the Toyota Safety Sense package.


Best Feature: Hybrid Powertrain of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Best New Interior: 2017 Volvo S90 Inscription


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