Car of the year goes to the highest bidder


carman
11-28-2000, 05:52 PM
Did you guys know that there's a big rumor(and it's probably true) that MT gives car of the year award to the highest bidder?

Steveo
11-29-2000, 02:16 PM
I've never heard of that.

But hey, doesn't mean it wouldn't happen. :D

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paul
12-01-2000, 12:19 PM
I believe it, I also heard that Porsche pays people off (the people who test their cars for magazines).

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igor@af
12-01-2000, 08:32 PM
Autos is a DIRTY market my friends, dirtier than politics. :(
"Money doesn't make an evil person, greed does"

nizmo
12-13-2000, 08:17 PM
How the hell else would a shit box like the PT Cruiser get MT Car of the Year?? That thing failed so many collision tests, it built quailty is garbage... yet it is the car of the year. FUQ U MT!!

JD@af
12-14-2000, 06:47 PM
All good points.. and while I don't doubt that commercialized magazines like Motor Trend are given money one way or another to endorse certain products or brands, I also do not doubt that the Car of the Year is largely picked by simply the popularity of the new cars on the market.

The PT Cruiser was I'd say the most coveted car on the market (NOT MY ME MIND YOU!!!) this past year. And despite any contingent issues such ability to survive a crash, move with the flow of traffic, etc., MT clearly based the merit points this year on popularity.

They did, for example, pick the 300M in 1999, and I've got nothing bad to say about that. While that too was a popular new model, it is a powerful sports sedan that is very competitive among its peer automobile group. So Mr. Popularity does not always wind up being Prom King.

HeadBanger
01-16-2001, 11:36 AM
Well folks, I don't know about you, but I'm not going to rush right out and buy a car just because it's MT's car of the year.
I like to research everything before I buy, especially a car.

Despite how they come up with their final decision, MT is still a great magazine and I'll continue to subscribe..

Scott85
01-16-2001, 12:36 PM
I kinda like the PT. Not really by the way it looks, but by what it is overall. It drives nice and has alot of retro styling in the interior. Its comfortable & build quality is good. I'll bet some of you are just "bench racers" and haven't even been in one, let alone drive one. I thought that the car was going to be another piece of Chrysler junk, but its actually a good car/truck/whatever it is.

i_rebel
05-15-2001, 02:25 PM
stop the madness . . .

what'd you do? accept a payoff like MT?

Point of this is that Motor Trend is not exactly the best choice of reading material if you're looking for the most objective point of view on automobiles . . .

hermunn123
07-05-2001, 07:06 PM
i dont think the PT isnt that bad of a car. i should sure hope so cuz my parents bought one! but how many of you have actually sat in/driven/looked at one??? im not saying its the coolest car ever but i am saying its not bad.

primera man
07-05-2001, 08:05 PM
I wasn't a big fan of the PT when it first came out. It was like WTF ???
But after seeing a few around they are starting to grow on me a bit. Still dont think i'd want one though.

I think they are more of a kind of "cult" car maybe.

vettemaan
07-05-2001, 08:25 PM
if you belive they take money for it you must be an idiot.

FYRHWK1
05-13-2002, 01:56 AM
Originally posted by vettemaan
if you belive they take money for it you must be an idiot.

more like if you don't realize they do you are . . .

it's obvious, anyone who's been reading MT for long enough can see the total shift from domestic only to import only, theres always questions about interiors or handling problems with domestic cars, when the stock Z06 outlapped a stock 911T, they make excuses for the porsche by claiming the porsche driver is more used to driving "race" porsches, not that the Z06 is plain faster. unless the numbers outright make it impossible for them to fudge, assuming they dont purposly slow the car down, they will never admit a domestic is better, car & drive, autoweek, road & track, auto, they're all even worse about it.and if you don't think part of it is payoffs you're living in a dream world.

|Banchi1O5|
06-24-2002, 09:50 PM
its obvious that motor trend is the biggest sell out in magazines
every one of their reviews has no usefull information and is completely biased

didnt they used to be owned by the ford motor company back in the 60's?

SilverLotus340R
07-13-2002, 07:12 PM
i sure as h%ll wouldn't pay ne money to be named Motor Trend Car of the Year.the mag sux

1qtrmilekid
04-07-2003, 11:02 PM
that's true, the thing about the PT cruiser, that screems bribe or something, and I wonder if the porsche thing is true, it seems that they make good enough cars to uphold thier rep, who knows. I never buy a car without testdriving it, and I think that goes for most people. I've been shopping around and test driving, ..
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gonenuts15792
01-03-2004, 10:27 PM
it's obvious, anyone who's been reading MT for long enough can see the total shift from domestic only to import only, theres always questions about interiors or handling problems with domestic cars, when the stock Z06 outlapped a stock 911T, they make excuses for the porsche by claiming the porsche driver is more used to driving "race" porsches, not that the Z06 is plain faster. unless the numbers outright make it impossible for them to fudge, assuming they dont purposly slow the car down, they will never admit a domestic is better, car & drive, autoweek, road & track, auto, they're all even worse about it.and if you don't think part of it is payoffs you're living in a dream world.



This is VERY TRUE

badassgremlin
01-08-2004, 08:22 AM
this has to be true....considering the friggen toyota prius won......

Z_Fanatic
06-15-2004, 11:46 PM
PT Cruiser sucks! They released it to topple the cute Beetle (epitome of cutness is its trademark). At first when PT Cruiser was launched, I didn't mind reading about it in car mags or seeing a few in the street. Now it's everywhere, and it's plain ugly. I sat inside once, the interior resembles a big cargo box. It's a coffin car for the daily drivers, goodness sake.

focusfreak
07-06-2004, 10:38 PM
advice to all, don't follow what the magazines tell you because any of them could be being paid by the auto manufacturers. Go out, test drive a car that has caught your eye and if you like the drive find out the safety specs and other specs on it. You are your own best source of knowing what car to buy.

focusfreak
07-06-2004, 10:41 PM
by the way, the rumor is most likely true. I am taking journalism classes right now and my teacher has known people who wrote for certain car magazines to take bribes.

G35XAndTrailBlazer
01-06-2006, 11:28 AM
Now the icky new Honda Civic is the car of the year. EWWW!!!

jhon hilpher
08-05-2014, 01:26 AM
Honda Civic is the car of the year now :*



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