TheDetroitBureau.com reports, “In a surprise move, a panel of 64 journalists named the Volkswagen Up! the World Car of the Year during a ceremony at the 2012 NY Auto Show – besting the Porsche 911 and BMW 3-Series.
Oliver Stefani, lead designer, holds the World Car of the Year award for the Volkswagen Up
Hyundai topped the Brand Keys 2012 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index in the automotive category. It was sixth among all brands worldwide and the only automotive brand in the top 20. Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, noted in Marketing Daily that Hyundai’s Assurance program probably accounted for its win but he added, “Who cares that there are probably eight people who actually took the Assurance deal; it was the right thing to do for the time.”
Derek McNaughton, Postmedia Network’s national driving editor, was named the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada’s Automotive Journalist of the Year. The award is sponsored by Land Rover of Canada. . . Henry Biedrzycki of Charlotte N.C. won two Porsche vehicles in the 2011 Continental Tire Dream Giveaway that raised more than $200,000 for charity. Biedrzycki’s winning ticket among 54,000 entries brought him a Porsche 911 GT3, a Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, the IRS withholding requirements for the package and a personal driving lesson with Hurley Haywood. . . . . The Toronto Globe and Mail’s GlobeDrive.com, won and Editor & Publisher “Eppy” for “best automotive web site.”
The Society of Automotive Historians honored Caribbean Capers: The Cuban Grand Prix Races of 1957,1958 & 1969 written by Joel Finn and published by Racemaker Press in collaboration with Garnet Hill Publishing. Also available from Racemaker is a remarkable work 40 years in the making: The O’Keefe Winners Database: A Searchable Comprehensive Database of Moor Racing Events 1895-2010. Compiled by Jim O’Keefe, its 250,000 pieces of data contains the winners of 22,000 races from all over the world. The Society presented its Ingersoll Award to O’Keefe for his monumental effort. Both titles are available from www.racemaker.com.
Andy Stonehouse won the first annual Outstanding Automotive Journalist award presented by vote of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association. He writes weekly reviews for Colorado’s Summit Daily News and is a frequent contributor to the Boulder and Salt Lake City daily newspapers. . . . “Senna,” by Asif Kapadia and Manish Pandey, a full-length documentary that follows the Formula One career of the late racecar driver Ayrton Senna, won the 2011 Dean Batchelor Award, presented by the Motor Press Guild. The Guild’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” went to Brock Yates while Tom Stahler won “Best Article.” Janos Wimpffen, “Best Book” and Reinhard Klein, “Best Photography.”
Warren Brown’s weekly On Wheels column in The Washington Post earned him the Washington Automotive Press Association’s 2011 Golden Quill Award. . . . A Ford van was the only domestic brand to break into the final rankings in the first German Blogger Awards as voted by 27 Deutschland auto bloggers. . . . Juno sports prototype driver Sarah Reader was crowned 2011 champion of the British Women Racing Drivers’ Club.
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America will host Girls Go Racing The Art of Racing, Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6 and MAMA’s annual Spring Rally Wednesday and Thursday, May 23-24.
The female drivers event, organized by Susan Frissell, publisher/editor of www.Womenwithwheels.com, includes some classroom instruction, track time monitored by professional drivers, relays and slalom. The event schedule includes a cocktail reception Saturday night, May 5 and full day at the track May 6. For more information and a registration packet for the driving adventure, contact email@example.com or 847-224-7506. Media are welcome to cover.
About 100 automotive journalists and 50 PR professionals are expected to take part in MAMA’s 2012 Spring Rally that starts with a manufacturers gathering the night of Wednesday May 22 and continues with track and off road driving evaluations of new model cars. . . . . On May 15, top marketing chiefs from GM, Honda, Hyundai and Mazda will discuss “Projecting (and Protecting) Your Brand in Marketing’s New World” at an Automotive News seminar in Los Angeles. Contact www.Autonews.com/seminar for more information.