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Official Website of the New Car Buyer Awards 2010 Porsche Panamera 'Car of the Month' for January

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COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 5, 2010;, the leading provider of vehicle pricing and information, today announced the 2010 Porsche Panamera has received its coveted "Car of the Month" award to kick-off January. Selecting the Porsche Panamera was not a difficult decision as Porsche's unique four-door grand touring sports car combines world-class driving dynamics, a spacious and variable interior based on the 911, and the supreme driving comfort one expects from generations of Porsche design philosophy. The result is a complete package for drivers who have truly arrived - a car that feels comfortable and composed whether rousting along the highway or spending a "quiet" day turning corners on the track, this Porsche can do it all.

"The Panamera is simply awe-inspiring. Porsche has done an incredible job in designing a car that is so unique, while retaining the look and performance of a pedigreed sports car," said Michael Caudill, Auto Expert. "The unmistakable, muscular shoulders that flow over the rear wheels, married to the sweep of the coupe-like roofline, and the visible tailpipes with their throaty exhaust notes echo the definable characteristics of a true Porsche."

Similar to all Porsche models, the Panamera is accustomed to the needs of the driver. But now, thanks to the four-doors and sporty layout of the interior, the Panamera's occupants are also able to experience this special "pilot feeling" in all four seats. All four occupants enjoy supreme ergonomic comfort in the front and each of the uniquely contoured rear seats. The luggage compartment easily handles all the passengers' luggage, and the folding rear seat backs enable the space to be adjusted to a comfortable configuration for any adventure. The price of the Panamera is really where it separates itself from any other car in the competitive segment. Starting at $89,000, the Panamera is a deal and allows other large four-door sedan luxury owners to look at Porsche for the first time. Its sports car DNA will not disappoint.

But, let's face it; buyers aren't necessarily looking for ergonomics when buying a Porsche. They want speed and they want performance. The engineering team at Porsche developed two cutting-edge engine configurations for the Panamera. The Panamera S, 4S and Turbo are all powered by a 4.8-liter as the base V-8, but it's the Twin-Turbo that gets all the attention. Boasting 500 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and Porsche's renowned twin turbocharger technology, coupled with 568 ft.-lbs. of torque, the Panamera throws all of its passengers back into their seats. A manual six-speed gearbox or the new seven-speed Double-Clutch Gearbox (Porsche-Doppelkupplung {PDK}) shifts smoothly up through the gears telling the driver quickly this isn't a normal four-door sedan. In addition to the customary rear-wheel drive, the top version of the Panamera comes with all-wheel drive, which is also available for the other versions as an option.

The "Car of the Month" program is unique from any other review program in the automobile industry and provides consumers with expert commentary and practical information on the cars, trucks and SUVs they are shopping for. Selecting one vehicle per month, will announce the "Car of the Month" through a multi-media platform including an online video review, press release and a comprehensive blog post where consumers can provide additional commentary.