Chevy Camaro, Colorado win 2016 Motor Trend awards

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

Motor Trend magazine on Monday awarded the Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Colorado its prestigious 2016 car and truck of the year awards.

The all-new, sixth-generation Camaro beat out the Audi TT, BMW 7 Series, Honda Civic, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mercedes-AMG GT S and Toyota Mirai for “Motor Trend Car of the Year.”

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Colorado won its second-consecutive “Motor Trend Truck of the Year” award, partially thanks to a new diesel engine in its 2016 model. It was selected over its GMC Canyon sibling, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Nissan Titan XD and Toyota Tacoma.

Mark Reuss, General Motors Co. executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, was on hand to accept the awards during the first-ever “Motor Trend of the Year Awards” hosted by TV personality and car guy Adam Carolla.

“The Camaro, I couldn’t be more proud of this team that delivered the Camaro,” Reuss said, as GM President of North America Alan Batey, GM head of design Ed Welburn and Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser joined him on stage. “This is the A-team right here, and the A-team back home.”

Motor Trend editor-in-chief Edward Loh said the Camaro’s win “may come as a surprise,” but the sports car set itself apart from the competition.

“In terms of design, it is one of the sexiest cars on the road today — sharper and more sophisticated inside and out,” he said. “Yet, still instantly recognizable as the icon it is.”

Loh called the Camaro “one of the finest driving vehicles in the world at any price.”

2016 Chevrolet Colorado

The Volvo XC90 was awarded 2016 “Motor Trend SUV of the Year.” It was up against the Honda Pilot, Lincoln MKX, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Nissan Murano.

All vehicular “Of the Year” contenders are selected by Motor Trend judges and evaluated against six key criteria: advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, efficiency, value and performance of intended function.

Last year, the Chevrolet Colorado won truck of the year, Volkswagen Golf was awarded Car of the Year and Honda CR-V was SUV of the year.

This was the first time Motor Trend presented all three awards on the same night. Loh said the award ceremony will become an annual event to announce all of its winners.

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