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2006 ICOTY Vehicle Nominees
by Jessica Howell

Round 'em up; this year's nominees are sleek, sexy and sure to impress. The much-anticipated Class of 2006 brings plenty to the pavement - and even more to the stage. ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine is gearing up for its 10th Annual International Car of the Year Awards and plans on heating up the Motor City this January.

Set to kick off the festivities of 2006 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the ICOTY awards will take the stage at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Hotel honoring the top 2006 models across ten categories. Ranging from Most Sex Appeal (sports car) to Most Athletic (pickup truck) to Most Respected (luxury) to Most Compatible (minivan), this year's ICOTY awards are expected to once again raise the bar.

The ICOTY Awards were the first awards to judge new vehicles based on how they reflect lifestyle and the experience consumers have during car buying and ownership. "The emotionally compelling theme on which we present our awards represents the relationship consumers have with their cars," says RTM editor-in-chief Courtney Caldwell. "It's about how cars reflect our lifestyles and self-image, an attitude most consumers can identify with."

Along with the Top 10 vehicle awards, RTM will present its third annual Lifetime Achievement Award honoring veteran automotive journalist David E. Davis, Jr. RTM will also be awarding their second annual HEART STRING Award to the vehicle manufacturer and their advertising agency for creating the most emotionally compelling vehicle commercial for 2005.

For 2006 there are more vehicles, more awards and more lights, glitz and glamour. Take a look at our nominees below and see if you can guess which vehicles will be our 2006 winners:

Car of the Year
BMW 3 Series, Dodge Charger, Pontiac Solstice

Truck of the Year
Honda Odyssey, Honda Ridgeline, Hummer H3

Luxury : Most Respected
BMW 3 Series, Cadillac STS-V, Mercedes-Benz CLS500

Sedan : Most Dependable
Dodge Charger, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata

Entry Level : Most Spirited
Audi A3, Honda Civic, Kia Rio

Sports Car : Most Sex Appeal
Ford Mustang, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Pontiac Solstice

Pickup Truck : Most Athletic
Dodge Ram SRT10, Honda Ridgeline, Mitsubishi Raider

SUV : Most Resourceful
Ford Explorer, Nissan Xterra, Range Rover Sport

Minivan/Life Stage : Most Compatible
Kia Sedona, Honda Odyssey, Mazda5

Crossover/Sport Wagon : Most Versatile
Dodge Magnum SRT8, Ford Freestyle, Mercedes-Benz R350

2006 ICOTY sponsors include DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Detroit Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Shell Oil, Dolby Laboratories, General Motors Corporation, OnStar by GM, Hyundai Motor America, American Suzuki, Subaru of America, American Honda Motor Company, BMW North America, Nissan North America and U-Haul Corporation. CBS Detroit will be providing full media coverage of the awards. Other media partners include MSN AUTOS, and, all of which will provide post event coverage of the winners.

For more information on the awards, visit the ICOTY Awards page.

2006 ICOTY Awards Links