- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2009

DETROIT | Tom Peters, executive director, General Motors performance cars and full-size trucks, recently accepted a Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Award for the design of the new Camaro.

“It’s truly an honor to receive an Automotive Excellence Award from such a trusted and well-known publication like Popular Mechanics,” Mr. Peters said. “This award is a tribute to the passion of many individuals who worked so hard to make the dream of the new Camaro come to life.”

The Automotive Excellence Awards are based on evaluations of more than 100 new cars and trucks that the editors from Popular Mechanics subject to a strenuous battery of tests. The team of editors then nominates a number of the vehicles for selected categories, with the top-vote getters in each receiving an Automotive Excellence Award.

“The new Chevrolet Camaro is a fresh, thoroughly modern take on the 1967 original,” said Ben Stewart, automotive editor of Popular Mechanics. “While the design pays homage to the past, its big tires and taut proportions perfectly convey 21st-century muscle, and there’s some serious firepower under the hood to back that up.”

This is not the first Automotive Excellence Award for Chevrolet. Last year, the Corvette ZR1 received an award in the performance category.

Chevrolet is one of America’s best-known and best-selling automotive brands, and one of the fastest-growing brands in the world. With fuel solutions that range from “gas-friendly to gas-free,” Chevrolet has nine models that offer an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, and offers two hybrid models. More than 2.5 million Chevrolets that run on E85 biofuel have been sold. Chevrolet delivers expressive design, spirited performance and strives to provide the best value in every segment in which it competes. More information can be found at Chevrolet.com.

Popular Mechanics (PopularMechanics.com) is a magazine that helps readers master the modern world. In addition to providing hands-on coverage of personal technology, cars and home improvement, PM reports in depth on the science and technology behind major issues — including such stories as disaster planning, hydrogen fuel and other energy alternatives, military expenditures and digital privacy. Each month, nearly 9 million readers turn for advice and news to the magazine’s editors and contributors, including the likes of Jay Leno, astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Tom Jones, and roboticist Daniel H. Wilson. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Popular Mechanics publishes nine editions around the world. Popular Mechanics is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corp.

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