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Surprise Car of Year Winner

You’d never guess what. It is, perhaps, a dubious distinction.

by on Dec.11, 2009

The real collectors car from 1957?

The real collectors car from 1957?

Last night the Friends of the National Automotive History Collection (NAHC) at the Detroit Public Library gathered to announce this year’s winner of the Future Collectible Car of the Year award.

In this season of almost daily COTY/TOTY/VOTY awards, the NAHC award, though largely ignored by the conventional media, stands out.

The award is based on the fact that the ugly duckling of the 1957 Model Year, Chevrolet, became over the years, the surprise go-to car for collectors. Who would have thought? In 1957, both Ford and especially Plymouth had all new cars and the Chevy was warmed over from 1955 and 1956 models, although with crisper lines and tail fins. So the NAHC award reminds us all how hard it is to predict the future.

Past winners of the FCCOY award have included the reborn Ford Thunderbird of the new Millennium (likely) and the Olds Aurora (we will see).

Awards!

Awards!

The vehicles are chosen from a list of models declared to be “new” each year by the Consumer Reports annual auto issue. Ballots are filled out by the members of the Friends of the NAHC to designate which vehicle is most likely to be the top collectible 25 years in the future, and in the past have tended to favor Chrysler products. (If you want to vote in the future, you will have to kick in $40 annually to the Friends.)

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Picking the Perfect Gift for the Tech-Savvy Mom

Forget teenage male geeks, here's the real high-tech drivers.

by on May.06, 2009

Looking for the perfect gift for the tech-savvy mom on Mother’s Day?  Forget flowers.  Think about an iPod or, if your budget can stand it, a new Honda Odyssey.

Those are some of the findings of a new study that defies the conventional wisdom about soccer moms.

“If you think moms are behind the times, think again,” Deb Grieb, an analyst with the research firm, AutoPacific, Inc.  “The stereotypical idea of a mom is someone who just hauls her kids back and forth.  But because they’re on the road more, their need for technology is greater than many folks – especially if they’re a working mom.”

With the weekend holiday in mind, Grieb took a closer look at a group of mothers who truly plug into today’s connected and digitized world.

The Honda Odyssey proves to be the most popular vehicle among these tech-savvy mothers, and by a wide margin, accounting for roughly one in 11 women in the group.  The next most popular model, the Nissan Altima, doesn’t even come close.  That likely makes sense not only because of the predilection among moms for minivans, but because the Odyssey offers a lot of high-tech features, such as backup cameras, power doors and Bluetooth hands-free phone systems.     (more…)