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Internet Car and Truck of the Year winners announced

This morning, the Internet Car(s) and Truck of the Year were announced and in the second year of the award where Average Joes and Internet Pros pick the top vehicles of the year, there has been a clean sweep for American automakers.

The Internet Truck of the Year was unanimous among the voting public and the jury of professional writers, with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee taking top honors over the Ford Super Duty, the Ram 2500 and the Kia Sportage. The Grand Cherokee was redesigned for 2011 with more attention paid to the detail of the interior and a new standard V6 engine offering 290hp with the 360hp Hemi also available. Last year, the Chevrolet Equinox claimed the honor of top truck (and SUV) by both groups as well.

The Internet Car of the Year was split between the Average Joes and Internet Pros, although high performance was on the mind of both groups with the 2011 Ford Mustang GT and 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe sharing top honors.

The voting public went for bang for the buck, with the powerful new 2011 Ford Mustang. The return of the Ford 5.0 has made the new Mustang a formidable opponent in the modern horsepower wars and the Mustang has received a big jump in power without a big jump in price.

The jury of professional writers went with big power in a more luxurious package from the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. 556 horsepower in a sexy luxury coupe is hard to beat and following in the tradition of the CTS-V lineup, we can expect this sporty Caddy coupe to back up the reputation of the model family.

Along with the top cars, the Internet Car and Truck of the Year group selects the Internet Automotive Journalist of the Year. This year, the Journalist of the Year is award posthumously to Jerry Flint for his long body of work in the automotive industry. The award will be presented to his widow, fellow journalist Kate McLeod at the International Motor Press in New York on December 9th.

The awards were formally announced at the New England Auto Show by the man who organizes the award and fellow correspondent, Keith Griffin. I served on the jury of professional writers and I want to congratulate Keith for another great year for the Internet Car and Truck of the Year.

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