News December 8 2004
Lancia, Alfa and Lamborghini models win awards
It must be award season - the Alfa GT, the Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster, the Gallardo and the Lancia Ypsilon have all won awards recently.
The GT and the Murcielago were both recipients of the 'World's Most Beautiful Automobile' award (L'Automobile più Bella del Mondo). The judges awarded the Coupe/Cabriolet category prize to the GT - recognizing how the stylists at Bertone and Centro Stile Alfa Romeo had drawn on Alfa's heritage, in particular, the 1900 SS, the Giulietta Sprint, the Alfetta and Giulia Sprint GT, but in the process coming up with a unique design.
The GT also won the annual design trophy awarded by the French magazine L'Automobile - beating competition including the Mercedes CLS to capture the prize. The Murcielago Roadster won the Supercar category - coincidentally won by the Gallardo in 2003.
The Gallardo continues to win awards - Readers of the German magazine "Sport Auto" voted the Lamborghini Gallardo as the "Sportiest Coupé over €90,000" as part of the magazine's "Sportiest Cars of 2004" awards. The Gallardo was voted into the top spot ahead of strong competition from the Aston Martin DB9, the Ferrari Challenge Stradale and 612 Scaglietti, and the Porsche 911 GT2. The "Sport Auto" award was presented to Luc Donckerwolke, head of Lamborghini Design.
The Essen Motor Show also marked the occasion at which representatives from the German magazine "Auto Bild Test & Tuning" presented Lamborghini with its award for the Gallardo. The magazine named the Gallardo as "Supercar of the Month" for the month of April 2004. These are not the first awards that Lamborghini has won in Germany. Earlier this year, the Murciélago was voted "Imported Super Sports Car" by the readers of "Auto Zeitung" magazine in the "Auto Trophy 2004".
The Lamborghini Gallardo has won awards throughout the world this year. It was named as "Performance Car of the Year 2004" by "Motor" magazine in Australia, it received a British "Design and Art Direction" (D&AD) award for product design, and in Canada it won a "Golden Key Award" (Clé d'or) from the editors of the reference book "L'Annuel de l'automobile 2005".
Lancia Ypsilon and the prize is...
Finally, at the 'Car and Driver' awards in Madrid, organised recently by the publishing group Hachette - publisher of magazines Elle, Maxim, Quo, Nuevo Estilo AR and, of course, Car & Driver, the Lancia Ypsilon took the prize for 'Women's Car' for 2005.
The most feminine model in the Lancia range was elected by over 200,000 readers, who chose the Ypsilon over the Mercedes A Class and the Audi A3 (second and third respectively), in a category where style and practicality were deciding factors. At ItalianCar we're wondering what impact this will have on sales of the Ypsilon to men in Spain!
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