It's starting to feel like the main reason publications indulge in Car Of The Year awards is so the winning automaker will put their name in a bunch of advertisements, making the publication feel like a big shot. At Jalopnik, we don't buy in to this. We receive hand jobs from our partners, not from the automakers.
Instead, we've been asking the contributors here at Jalopnik to pick the best (and worst) cars they've driven in 2012 and explain why. When I was asked for my choices, the best car was a no-brainer: the 1971/72 Trans-Am championship winning Datsun BRE 510, driven by John Morton.