2004 was a remarkable year for the Ferrari Maserati Group not only in terms of sales but also thanks to the fact that its cars were chosen for a plethora of awards by the leading international car magazines.
The Maserati range received considerable recognition, particularly the Quattroporte which won 13 awards. The MC12 also fared particularly well.
GQ magazine’s annual ’Best Things in Life’ awards,
published in its December issue, list the 100 most desirable things
across a broad range of sectors from furniture to jewellery, cars
and music CDs. This year the MC12 was voted the best of all the
cars in the running for the ‘Best Things In Life’ award.
The MC12 was also named ‘Dream Car of the Year’ in the
2004 BBC Top Gear Awards. The prestigious English magazine road
and track-tests over 300 new models of all makes each year.
The authoritative American lifestyle magazine, the Robb Report,
voted the Maserati Quattroporte the ‘Best of the Best’
in the luxury executive sedan category for its sportiness, elegance
and exclusivity. This was the 16th outing for the Awards which were
published in May 2004.
The Quattroporte was also voted ‘Best Luxury Car in Show’
at the British International Motor Show in May 2004. The award was
judged by a panel of 35 expert car designers and engineers from
the prestigious IVehE (Institute of Vehicle Engineers) and the Quattroporte
won on the strength of its stunning lines and sophisticated interior.
The English car magazine Top Gear also named it the ‘Limousine
of the Year’ in its 2004 BBC Top Gear Awards.
Also in the UK, Wallpaper magazine voted the Quattroporte, ‘Best
Car’ in the Wallpaper Design Awards. The car was evaluated
by a panel made up of internationally renowned designers, architects
and fashionistas. They chose the new Maserati flagship for the elegance
of its interiors and the guarantee of exclusivity that only a car
of this kind can offer. The awards are published in the January
2005 edition of the English magazine.
In its December 2003 edition, GQ UK included the Quattroporte in
its list of ‘100 Best Things in Life’. The Quattroporte
was voted the Best Car and was ranked 22nd on the overall list.
In Japan, the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame Association (JAHFA)
named the flagship as ‘Import Car of the Year 2004’.
The Association voted for the Quattroporte because of the sense
of timeless style it exudes, courtesy of a seamless blend of tradition,
innovation and sophisticated handcrafting.
The readers of Germany’s best known and most authoritative
car magazine Auto Motor und Sport, named the Quattroporte as ‘Best
Car 2004’ in the Luxury Imported Sedan category in February
The North Rhine Westphalia Centre of Design in Germany presented
the Quattroporte with its ‘Red Dot Design Award’ on
March 31st 2004. This is one of the oldest and most sought-after
awards in the highly competitive world of design.
The readers of well-known German car magazine Auto Zeitung awarded
the flagship the ‘Auto Trophy’ in October. The car received
the most votes in the Luxury Imported Sedan category.
Automobile Magazine, a leading French publication, named the Quattroporte
‘Best Car 2004’ in the Luxury Sedan category, on the
strength of the largest European market survey of the automobile
market which is carried out annually in 18 different countries.
The international panel of judges elected to award the title of
‘World’s Most Beautiful Car’ also chose the flagship
in its prestige car category on November 11th 2003.
Italian monthly Quattroruote also voted the Quattroporte ‘Best
Last but not least, ANVER gave the big saloon its ‘ecoTOP
2004’ award on November 18th. The National Paintwork Association
represents Italy’s leading paintwork and surface treatment
companies and experts. The Quattroporte received its award in this
case thanks to its innovative pre-treatment and paint cycle which
is the only one of its kind here in Europe.
In the two short months since its unveiling at the Paris Auto Show, the latest arrival from the Prancing Horse has won the following awards:
American magazine Autoweek chose the F430 as ‘Best Car in
Show’ at last September’s Paris Show. This is a particularly
important achievement given the significance of the American market
for the F430 and for Ferrari in general, and also because of the
large number of new models unveiled at Paris.
British magazine Top Gear chose the F430 as ‘Supercar of the
Year’ in December.
The German magazine Auto Zeitung named it the ‘Best Imported
Sports Car’ in the Auto Trophy awards.
The F430 was voted ‘Coche Espactacular’ (Exceptional
Car) by Spanish magazine Car&Driver.
- The German magazine Auto Zeitung awarded the 360 Spider its Auto
Trophy for ’Best Imported Spider’.
Published : 24/12/04 Author : Melanie Carter
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