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Motor Trend Magazine Names Chevrolet Avalanche 2002
Truck of the Year

Chevy AvalanchePHOENIX - MOTOR TREND magazine announced the selection of the Chevrolet Avalanche as Motor Trend's 2002 Truck of the Year (issue dated February 2002).

The award-winning Chevrolet Avalanche was unveiled at the 2002 Arizona International Auto Show.

Motor Trend's editorial staff selected this year's winner after conducting ten rigorous tests on six trucks. In identifying the winner, factors including engineering, powertrain, payload, performance, interior, safety, quality, special features, livability, and overall value were evaluated. Including both domestic and import manufacturers, the six contenders included the Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Dodge Ram pickup, GMC Sierra 1500HD Crew Cab, Sierra Denali Quadrasteer and Lincoln Blackwood. To compete for Truck of the Year, models must be on sale in North America by January 1, 2002.

"From the onset, we knew the Avalanche was a solid contender," said Motor Trend's Editor-In-Chief Kevin Smith. "After two weeks and aspect, nuance, feature and crevice, the Avalanche stands out as this contest's most significant truck. With its outstanding powertrains, off-road and towing prowess, smooth on-road driveability and passenger/cargo-space flexibility, the Chevrolet Avalanche has proven itself a solid choice."

Chevy Avalanche"The Motor Trend Truck of the Year is one of the most coveted and most recognized awards in the automotive industry. We're especially honored that the Avalanche has been named 2002 Truck of the Year because the testing is so demanding," said Ed Schoener, Chevrolet Avalanche Brand Manager. "The 2002 honor marks the seventh time in eight years that Chevrolet has won annual vehicle awards from Motor Trend."

The complete report on the 2002 Truck of the Year is in the February issue (on sale January 9) and at www.motortrend.com. Television coverage of the testing will be on Speedvision in January, and on Motor Trend's two 2-hour syndicated weekend radio shows hosted by Alan Taylor in over 150 markets (consult your local listings).

Motor Trend, a PRIMEDIA publication, was founded in 1949 and has a circulation of 1.26 million with a readership of 6.8 million. Internationally recognized as the world's No. 1 automotive authority, Motor Trend is one of the leading brands in automotive publishing. The brand is comprised of Motor Trend en Espanol, Motor Trend Television (a monthly nationwide program on Speedvision) Motor Trend Radio and Motor Trend Weekend (two 2-hour syndicated weekend programs) motortrend.com, over 18 world-renowned Motor Trend international auto shows and the highly coveted Motor Trend (Car, Sport/Utility and Truck) of the Year awards program.