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Ford Thunderbird Wins Interior of the Year Award

DETROIT, Mich., May 16, 2002 -- The Ford Thunderbird won top honors for having the 2002 Interior of the Year for cars and Chevrolet Avalanche won top honors for having the best interior for trucks. The news was announced during the annual Auto Interiors Show at Detroit's Cobo Conference Center.

The awards are presented annually by Auto Interiors magazine. Winners were picked from six finalists selected from more than 30 domestic and import cars and trucks, all of which are all-new 2002 model year vehicles or major redesigns for this model year. Judging was conducted at a series of auto shows and during test drives.

"The objective of the judging was to identify the car and truck whose interiors stand out for their beauty, functionality and innovation," said Carmen Pang, editor of Auto Interiors. "The final selection was very difficult since each of the six finalists had something unique that differentiated them from some very tough competition," she said.

"The judges were impressed by the sheer beauty of several entries, others scored points for their well-thought-out and functional interiors, and others got our attention simply because they are different and refreshing," Pang added. "In the final analysis, the Avalanche and the Thunderbird won because the judges felt they best exemplified the qualities expected of a world-class interior."

Judging was based on the following criteria:

Appearance - styling, color, material, fit and finish;
Functionality - comfort, convenience and safety;
Innovation - surprise and delight factors; and
Overall impression of the vehicle in motion and at rest.

In addition to the Avalanche, finalists for the Truck Interior of the Year Award were the Lincoln Blackwood and the Honda CR-V. Car finalists in addition to the Thunderbird were the BMW 7-Series and the Mini Cooper.


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