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Can't Get More Biased Than MotorTrend,
I used to read MotorTrend until I started noticing a trend of my own. Every time a German car was compared to American or Japanese cars, the German would always win. When Lexus came out with the world's first 8 speed auto transmission, MotorTrend said, "That's too many gears". When BMW came out later with its own 8 speed auto, it was described as,"Seamless". When MotorTrend came out with its 2010 Car of the Year, the Volkswagen GTI won. Why? The GTI lost to the WRX, MazdaSpeed3 and Mitsubishi Rallyart in every category including 0-60, 1/4 mile, braking, interior space, handling, safety, and price but still came out on top. I wonder how much VW paid MotorTrend to get Car of the Year? How about MotorTrend's comparison of the Mustang and M3 in the article titled, "America's M3". These are totally different cars and of course the M3 won. Price-wise if you comepare the M3 to a Cadillac CTS-V, you'll find that the BMW M3 has no chance in any category with the Cadillac. These are just a few of the trends I noticed. When a lame car like the GTI won Car of the Year, I had enough and never picked up another MotorTrend magazine since.
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Initial post: Dec 18, 2011 5:07:33 AM PST
NomNom Chompsky says:
VW (Passat) got car of the year this time too. Mazda3 wasn't even considered, and its the most fun to drive car in its class.
Posted on Jan 29, 2012 7:20:53 PM PST
oh k says:
I've noticed a bias toward Hyundai (and oddly enough, a lot of Hyundai advertisements). They compared the Elantra to the Civic, Corolla, Sentra, etc. and said even though the Elantra wasn't the fastest, most powerful, most spacious, most high quality, or most fuel efficient vehicle, they just simply had to give it first place. Based on what merit?! Besides the fact that Hyundai pays good money to advertise, of course.
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