SOURCE: Hispanic Motor Press Association

November 17, 2011 13:09 ET

Hispanic Motor Press Awards Announces Top Ten Cars of the Year

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 17, 2011) - Hispanic Motor Press Association has announced the winners for the 2012 Car of the Year Awards. All vehicles were compared against their competitive segment entries and evaluated on safety, quality, value, performance, design, style, environmental impact and technology standards. The Top Ten Cars of the Year reflect the distinctive style, tastes and needs of the influential Latino US population. "California is known for setting the trends in the automotive industry and with the largest Hispanic population in the USA, it is the place to find out what we like," said Ricardo Rodriguez-Long, jury committee director.

The Hispanic Motor Press Awards combines expertise from a group of Hispanic influentials in the automotive industry with a unique perspective that reflects the Latino values and lifestyle throughout the country."

The winners are:
Deportivo Americano (American Sportscar) Mustang 5.0
Sedan Americano (American Sedan) Charger SRT8
Auto de Lujo (Premium Car) Mercedes Benz C63 AMG
Convertible Camaro Convertible
Compacto (Compact Car) Fiat 500 Abarth
SUV Jeep Grand Cherokee
COV Land Rover Evoque
Minivan Honda Odyssey
Camioneta (Pick-up) Ram
Tecnología Alternativa (Alternative powerplant) Kia Optima Hibrido

The Hispanic Motor Press Awards recognize the most impressive overall new vehicles of the calendar year as judged by the all Latino panel comprising of:

Al Vázquez / Editor / FAMA Magazine / Miami, FL
Alejandro Rodriguez / Photographer / Phoenix, AZ
Andres Aiello / Editor / Auto A Fondo Magazine / Los Angeles, CA
Diego Cichero / Editor / Univision Autos / Miami, FL
Diva Rescia / Host / Univision TV / Denver, CO
Guillermo de la Corte / Journalist / NEXOS Magazine / Dallas, TX
Hector Cademartori / Bellas Artes / La Verne, CA
Jaime Florez / Director / Ruedas ESPN Radio / Miami, FL
Joaquin Barroeta / Editor / Auto A / Long Beach, CA
Pepe Forte / Radio Host / Automania Radio / Miami, FL
Ricardo Gonzalez / Journalist / Rides Magazine / New York, NY
Ricardo Rodriguez-Long / Host / Auto A Fondo TV / Canal Speed / Burbank, CA
Roger Gutierrez / Auto Designer / Long Beach, CA
Simón Gomez / Journalist / MSN Latino / Seattle, WA

ABOUT Hispanic Motor Press Awards
The Hispanic Motor Press Association is dedicated to promoting and improving professionalism within automotive journalism in the Spanish language within the US. Members are selected by invitation only and must have met strict criteria (proper technical language, yrs of experience and proof of audience).

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