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Porsche Boxster S and 911 Carrera 4 Win Top Awards in 2000

Roadster Grabs Motorweek Drivers' Choice Award; 911 Named 'Best Sport Value' and Top Winter All-Wheel Drive Coupe

ATLANTA - MotorWeek, the weekly automotive video magazine produced by Maryland Public Television, has awarded its 2000 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award for Best Sports Car to the 3.2-liter, 250-horsepower Porsche Boxster S. In addition, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet has been named the Best Sport Value in IntelliChoice's annual Best Overall Value of the Year (BOVY) Awards, and the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) presented a 2000 NEMPA Winter Vehicle Award to the 911 Carrera 4 Coupe.

The MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award is based on a compilation of criteria such as product integrity, performance, pricing, value and purpose. "These awards acknowledge the industry's outstanding automotive product and design for the 2000 model year," said John Davis, executive producer and host of the 19-year-old PBS television series.

The Drivers' Choice Awards evaluation process required the MotorWeek staff to revisit the more than 150 vehicles they reviewed during the year and select only one vehicle in each class for the annual award. In addition to the Best Sports Car category, the other categories included Best Small Car, Best Family Sedan, Best Minivan, Best Convertible, Best Small Sport Utility Vehicle, Best Family Sport Utility Vehicle, Best Performance Car, Best Pickup Truck, Best Luxury Car, and Best Dream Machine.

"We're very proud that MotorWeek has awarded their prestigious Drivers' Choice Award to the Boxster S," said Frederick J. Schwab, president and CEO, Porsche Cars North America. "This award just goes to show that the Boxster S is a delight to drive as well as a formidable sports car."

Not to be outdone, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet took top honors in the Sport Value category of IntelliChoice's 2000 BOVY Awards. The independent information research firm presents BOVY Awards to cars and trucks in 34 separate categories that it considers to be good values and projects will cost significantly less to own than other vehicles within the respective categories. According to IntelliChoice, a "good value" is a vehicle whose cost to own and operate is less than expected. The lower the cost to own and operate compared to what is expected, the better the value.

IntelliChoice's value calculation accounts for the price of a vehicle and the accumulated costs of depreciation, maintenance, repairs, fuel, fees, financing and insurance. It analyzes data compiled on more than 800 car and truck models and projects what these costs will be for the upcoming five-year ownership cycle.

The Porsche 911 amassed an impressive 10-year string of consecutive BOVY Awards from 1988 to 1998, and Porsche has received a total of 13 BOVY Awards in the past 13 years.

Finally, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 was selected by nearly 50 New England-area print, radio and broadcast automotive journalists as the 2000 NEMPA Winter Vehicle Award winner in the competition's All-Weather Coupe category.

"A Porsche C4 can't get any better," wrote one NEMPA journalist when evaluating the 300-horsepower all-wheel drive sports car. "It feels like it was crafted out of one piece of metal. Need I say more?"

The journalists selected the category winners based on their opinions of each vehicle's ability to best meet the needs, wants and demands of the New England motorist who must drive in the region's constantly changing winter conditions. The NEMPA members also evaluated each vehicle's ability to fulfill its intended mission. All domestic and imported auto manufacturers were invited to enter vehicles.

The 2000 NEMPA Winter Vehicle Awards also recognize a sedan and wagon in the All-Weather category, and a full-size, compact and mini sport utility vehicle in the competition's Sport Utility Vehicle category.

(Feb. 9, 2000)


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