Car queue in the bad traffic road. Selective focus.
NEW YORK – Motor Trend Magazine on Tuesday named the Nissan GT-R as its 2009 car of the year, saying that it delivers a world-class level of performance at a much more affordable price.
Angus MacKenzie, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend, said that none of the other 2009 competitors “crushed” the magazine’s criteria like the GT-R did.
“The Nissan GT-R rewrites the rule-book for high-performance vehicles,” MacKenzie said in a statement released by Nissan.
“This technologically advanced coupe delivers a level of performance, handling, and efficiency that rivals the world’s best-known supercars, at a fraction of the price.”
The 2009 GT-R is the sixth generation of Nissan’s flagship sports car and the first to come from a “clean slate” design, with the previous versions based on Japanese-market models.
The vehicle features an all-new VR38DETT 3.8-litre twin-turbo V-6 engine and GR6 six-speed twin-clutch transmission, both hand assembled by a single technician.
It also is the first production car to include independent trans-axle four-wheel drive, which uses a rear-mounted transaxle and two independent propeller shafts to allow each axle to control tire grip without manipulation of the other.
Other contenders for the award included the Acura TL, Acura TSX, Audi A4, BMW 135i, Dodge Challenger R/T, Honda Fit, Hyundai Genesis, Jaguar XF, Lincoln MKS, Mazda6, Nissan GT-R, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac G8, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Volkswagen Passat CC.
Last year’s winner was the Cadillac CTS. Last month, the magazine named the 2009 Subaru Forester as its sport utility vehicle of the year.