AutoWeek's 'America's Best' Reader Poll Names Dodge Viper, Chrysler 300M and Chrysler PT Cruiser Best for 2000
7 July 2000Three of Top 10 From DaimlerChrysler Corporation
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - AutoWeek magazine's 11th annual reader survey of American car and truck trends is out, and the results are great for DaimlerChrysler Corporation. Leading the list from the Chrysler Group stable as a perennial favorite in AutoWeek's "America's Best" readers' poll is the Chrysler 300M performance sedan, along with the visceral Dodge Viper -- America's ultimate sports car -- which has made the list every year since entering production in 1992. "AutoWeek readers are very much the most passionate readers out there, and when they speak it says volumes for the value of these cars," said AutoWeek Editor Dutch Mandel in commenting on this year's poll, published in the auto enthusiast magazine's July 3 issue. "We consider this survey to be the ultimate focus group -- readers who are car-passionate to the core." The survey, sent to about 3,100 readers, also voted the recently introduced Chrysler PT Cruiser as one of "America's Best." The PT Cruiser went on sale earlier this year after receiving rave reviews by the automotive press around the world. "We knew the PT Cruiser would be on this year's list from the get-go, and our readers did not disappoint us," said Mandel, adding that the PT Cruiser is a "cultural phenomenon" that could rise up in the charts in the magazine's future surveys. The Chrysler 300M made AutoWeek's "America's Best" poll for the second year running, with readers dubbing it as "America's sports sedan." Mandel noted that the 300M has been a favorite of the editors and readers alike ever since its introduction for 1999. Also making the list every year since its introduction was the Dodge Viper, America's most potent sports car. "Having the Viper a permanent part of this list proves once again that AutoWeek readers' passions firmly lie with sheer horsepower and torque," said Mandel. Now in its 42nd year, AutoWeek magazine, published by Crain Communications Inc., is America's largest weekly auto enthusiast magazine, with more than 340,000 readers.