ACTON, Mass., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Aston Martin DB7 Vantage sports/grand touring car has been named Robb Report magazine's 2000 Car of the Year, beating out past winners and perennial luxury favorites Mercedes and Ferrari. The award, announced at today's media preview of the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, is given annually to automobiles priced above $40,000 whose technical designs, styling and performance place them as the world's best sports and luxury cars. "Naming the DB7 our Car of the Year was even a relatively easy choice because in its lines and performance are clean reminders of Aston Martin's deep racing heritage and the marque's timeless classicism," said Daniel J. Phillips, CEO and president of Luxury Media Corporation, publishers of Robb Report. "With this one elegantly designed vehicle, Aston Martin has returned to the front ranks of exotic car building." The British-built DB7 Vantage, a V12 powered, 185-miles per hour coupe that sells for up to $160,000, was the unanimous choice of the magazine's seven-judge panel that included Phillips, Robb Report publisher Paul Dean, editor Steve Castle, associate editor Andy Baron, and noted automotive writers Ken Gross, J.P. Vettraino, and Patrick Paternie. Finalists in the prestigious contest were the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Jaguar S-Type, the BMW M5 and the Ferrari 360 Modena. "Emotions certainly played a part in our selection process," noted Baron. "We also realized that the DB7 is a car that parent company Ford hopes will attract young buyers and revive Aston Martin's image." Each year, Robb Report, an authority on the luxury lifestyle for almost a quarter of a century, evaluates products of car builders who specialize in the production of fast, high-value, thoroughbred automobiles. Whether convertibles or sedan, sports car or coupe, each vehicle is judged by a points system for its ownership experience, purity of design, handling, build quality and degree of high-performance luxury. Past winners include the Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet (1999), the Jaguar XJR (1998), the Jaguar XK8 (1997), the Mercedes Benz E-Class (1996) and the BMW740i (1995). Robb Report is the flagship publication of Luxury Media Corporation -- which also publishes Showcase and Luxury Golf Homes & Resorts. In 1999, Mendelsohn Media Research ranked Robb Report readers #1 in the category of luxury purchasers when compared to other publications in its class.
SOURCE Robb Report