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1999 Car of the Year Winners

The Auto Channel is pleased to present the twelve winning vehicles of its 1999 Golden Tachometer Awards. The Golden Tachometer Awards, or Goldies, are being presented to those cars and trucks that TACH's editorial staff believes are the best of the year. Due to an abundance of 'early release' model-year 2000 vehicles, which began arriving in December 1998, The Auto Channel decided to accept nominations for all models that were released on or before May 15, 1999.

All of The Auto Channel's correspondents and contributing editors were polled for their opinions. The final results represent the vehicles with the highest votes in each of the twelve respective classification categories: Luxury; Coupe; Convertible; Sedan; Compact; Truck; Sport Utility; Minivan; Wagon; Sportscar; Fantasy; and Best Overall. Judgement criteria included price, design, comfort, handling, performance, technological advancement, brand positioning, and overall value. Vehicle price (MSRP) played a major role in the decision making process. With the exception of one category, The Auto Channel tried to limit the nominees to vehicles that are easily accessible to the average consumer.

Below is the list of 1999 Goldie winners with links to vehicle information, reviews, photographs, and streaming video clips. To view the video clips you will need the Windows Media Player, which can be downloaded without charge by clicking on the WMP button. Please follow the installation instructions..



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Luxury

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Convertible

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SUV

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Coupe

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Sedan

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Minivan

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Wagon

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Truck

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Sports Car

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Compact

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Best Fantasy Vehicle

Delta Flyer- For best Fantasy vehicle, the award goes to the USS Voyager's Delta Flyer.
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Star Trek's Delta Flyer
Truly testing imaginations and creativity, the TACH team of journalists offered many ernstwhile nominees. However, none were as fanciful as the Flyer. For those not familiar with the Delta Flyer, this 50's influenced speedster can frequently be seen in the Star Trek Voyager television series. "What made this vehicle outshine the competition, in my mind, was the use of enhanced Borg technology, " declares Mark Fulmer, TACHís Editor-in-Chief.

 

Best Overall

Volvo S80- Sleek, stylish, and sexy...the all new S80...a Volvo? The S80 flaunts curves worthy of a pin-up calendar. Itís equipped with a powerful engine, a wealth of creature comforts, and a price tag significantly less than its competitors'. More passive and active safety features than any other vehicle on the market, make the S80 Volvoís "safest car ever," and The Auto Channelís choice for Best Overall Car-of-the-Year for 1999!