Chrysler/Toyota Win Top Spots at TAWA RoundupPosted on March 17th, 2015
OEMs bring over 50 vehicle entries to March ride-and-drive event
By Nina Russin
Everything is bigger in Texas. From bighorn steers to ten-gallon hats, the Lone Star state is the land of supersizing.
This includes the weather. Because north Texas lies in the path of the Jetstream, the area gets a lot of wintery weather other sections of the southwest miss. People who live in north Texas are used to this, so Plan A always includes a Plan B.
When pouring rain, wind and forty-degree temperatures on the day of the Spring Roundup put the kibosh on hot laps at Texas Motor Speedway, members of the Texas Auto Writers Association donned their thinking caps and executed Plan B.
And although journalists missed the opportunity to drive supercars such as the Dodge Viper, Nissan GT-R and Chevrolet Corvette on the track, neither the cars nor program attendees spent much time in the garages. Everyone had a good day of driving.
The Spring Roundup is one of two awards programs TAWA organizes each year, the second being the Truck Rodeo in October. The Spring Roundup focuses on passenger cars ranging from subcompacts to high luxury models such as the Bentley Continental GT that won top honors in the Super Car category.
In addition to the car awards, the group also recognizes emerging technology with a best new feature award (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat); design with the best new interior (Lincoln MKZ Black Label); and best value for the money (Alfa Romeo 4C coupe).
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles was the big winner at this year’s event, taking top honors for Car of Texas with the 300C, as well as Full-Sized Car of Texas (Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack); Mid-size Car of Texas (Chrysler 200C); Performance Coupe of Texas (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat); Performance Sedan of Texas (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat); Performance Utility of Texas (Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT) and the Alfa Romeo award for best value.
The new Toyota Sienna minivan won the Family Car of Texas award as well as Minivan of Texas. The new Lexus NX 300h captured the Green Vehicle of Texas award, while its gas-powered sibling, the 200t took top honors for Activity Vehicle.
Mercedes-Benz’s sexy S-Class coupe edged out the runner-up Jaguar XJ to capture the Full-Size Luxury Car of Texas, while the sporty Cadillac ATS Coupe AWD grabbed the Mid-Sized Luxury Car award.
Kia grabbed the Sub-compact Car award with the Forte5 SX, while Volkswagen’s hot hatch, the Golf R, won the Performance Compact Car category.
The Texas Auto Writers Association, founded in 1987, seeks to promote professional growth among within the journalism community through educational programs and networking. The Spring Roundup has been an annual event since 2003.
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