Detroit is Already Making Cars People Want - Vile Gossip

GM has given us twenty-two All-Stars over the years, including two for 2009. This is the second year in a row that Chevy is the only manufacturer winning two of the ten trophies. That America's own star-spangled sports car - the Corvette - is a perennial winner might be no surprise to enthusiasts. This will be its eighth All-Star trophy, including one from 2006, the toughest year of our competition, when we decided to go all stingy and hand out only six All-Stars. The Corvette Z06 was also named Automobile of the Year in 2001. But even we were shocked by how much we liked the Chevy Malibu when it was redesigned last year. New-car shoppers agreed, making it scarce in showrooms despite its lack of rebates and incentives. "More enjoyable to drive than the Camry, better looking than the Accord," and with two powertrains (one a hybrid) that deliver 30-plus mpg on the highway, we say on page 50.

Chrysler did not make this year's list, but among the domestics, it has won the most Automobile of the Year awards (three), and its groundbreaking minivan has taken five of Chrysler's ten All-Stars.

We are convinced that Congress will do the right thing this week, following the lead of every major carmaking country in the world with support for its domestic industry. In the meantime, take a closer look at what Detroit has to offer. You may not be lined up to buy a new car today, but the independent Center for Automotive Research is shining its laser pointer on 2012 - a mere three years away - as the year new-car sales will once again be booming. It will be a world of hybrids, clean diesels, and fuel-cell cars - and we expect Detroit to be in the thick of it all.

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