Who's Got The Best Insides? Ward's "Interiors of the Year" Results

They may not compare to the sumptuous 1978 Continental Mark V 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Edition (pictured), but today's car interiors were recently scrutinized by Ward's and by members of the auto industry. It was part of Ward's Auto Interiors show 2007, recently held at Detroit's Cobo Center. The winners were announced in two categories, one picked by the magazine's staff and one by the industry, divided in class segments. Among industry types, it appears GM's focus of late on interior quality produced results — the general swept five of seven awards. Ward's agreed on only three. One glaring takeaway: Lincoln beats Audi? Surely you jest.

Ward's Staff:
Economy-Priced Car: Honda Fit
Popular-Priced Car: Saturn Aura
Premium-Priced Car: Volvo S80
Popular-Priced CUV: Honda CRV
Premium-Priced CUV: Cadillac SRX
Popular-Priced Truck: Chevy Silverado
Premium-Priced Truck: Lincoln Navigator

Industry:
Economy-Priced Car: Dodge Caliber
Popular-Priced Car: Saturn Aura
Premium-Priced Car: Lincoln MKZ
Popular-Priced CUV: Saturn Outlook
Premium-Priced CUV: Cadillac SRX
Popular-Priced Truck: Chevy Silverado
Premium-Priced Truck: Cadillac Escalade

GM, Ford, Honda and DCX Take Top Honors in 8th Annual Ward's 'Interior of the Year' Competition [The Auto Channel]

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