January 20, 2012 4:28 PM
In case you didn’t know, this is awards season for the
entertainment industry – the Golden Globes were handed out
last weekend, and the Academy Award nominations will be announced
Tuesday – and it appears awards season also extends to the
auto industry. Two of Chrysler Group LLC’s latest products
have received major recognition from a high-octane publication and
its online outlet.
The all-new 2012 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8® and the new
2012 Dodge Charger earned Winding Road’s “Best
Car of the Year Awards,” an annual honor that recognizes the
best driver’s vehicles in the market.
“SRT and Dodge are two brands that stand to make 2012 a
banner year for driving enthusiasts,” said Seyth Miersma,
Editor-In-Chief – Winding Road. “The 2012 Jeep
Grand Cherokee SRT8 manages to be one of the most brutally fast and
easy-to-live-with super-SUVs we’ve ever tested. Meanwhile,
the 2012 Dodge Charger offers more in terms of style, performance,
and space than most of the vanilla-flavored competition could dream
of. With completely different form factors, price points and
audiences, the commonality between these two Best Cars is the way
in which they can make their drivers grin.”
Winner of “Best Utility Award,” the all-new 2012 Jeep
Grand Cherokee SRT8® offers a unique blend of head-turning SRT
performance with legendary Jeep capability and utility, luxury and
refinement, and innovative advanced technologies. It’s the
most powerful Jeep vehicle ever with all-new 6.4-liter HEMI®
V-8 that delivers 470 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. A new
active valve exhaust system allows standard Fuel Saver Technology
to engage over a wider rpm range for a 13-percent improvement in
highway fuel efficiency and a 450-mile range.
Earning the “Best Everyman Sedan Award,” the 2012 Dodge
Charger delivers world-class levels of quietness and handling
performance, state-of-the-art technologies and premium materials
once limited to elite European sport sedans.
Winding Road publishes daily automotive and lifestyle
content at www.windingroad.com, and stunning monthly content via
its award-winning digital magazine. The editorial staff reviews
hundreds of vehicles each year and compiles the industry’s
only Involvement Index, as well as the Winding Road Comfort
Index, every month.