Ford, Chrysler win out at TAWA rodeo
Ford won every category it entered, winning the 2011 Truck of Texas with the Ford F-150 and six other categories. “These honors show Ford trucks still reign supreme in Texas, and it is rewarding to see that the truck-savvy Texas auto writers appreciate just how innovative our F-Series pickups are,” said Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas.
A total of 48 vehicles were entered in the rodeo and were evaluated by the 57 registered TAWA members. A list of the important winners in each category is below.
Ford’s honors included: Truck of Texas: 2012 Ford F-150; Truck Line of Texas: 2012 Ford lineup of trucks; Outstanding Feature of Texas: Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology; Full-size Pickup Truck: First, 2012 Ford F-150; second, 2012 Ram 1500; third, Chevrolet 1500 and Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck: First, 2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch; second, 2012 Ram 2500 HD Power Wagon; third, 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
Nissan Frontier was named the best mid-sized truck.
Jeep Grand Cherokee has been named "SUV of Texas" - for the second consecutive year. The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was named "Mid-size SUV of Texas," and the ultra-premium Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit was named "Luxury SUV of Texas."
"We are delighted that the influential journalists representing the Texas Auto Writers Association have once again recognized Jeep vehicles with several awards, and particularly the Jeep Grand Cherokee as the 'SUV of Texas,'" said Mike Manley, President and CEO - Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.
The new Dodge Durango stood proud as the winner of the prestigious "Full-Size SUV of Texas" honor.
Other notable winners in the SUV category included: Ford Edge, which was named compact vehicle of Texas and the Nissan Xterra, which was named the compact SUV of Texas. For a complete list of winners go to TAWA’s website,www.texasautowritersassociations.org. By Joseph Szczesny