2009 Best of Show Winners Announced

Consumer voters proclaimed their auto show favorites in five categories, in the Chicago Auto Show's fourth annual Best of Show balloting.

2010 Ford Taurus SHO
2010 Ford Taurus SHO - Winner of Best New Production Vehicle
Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray concept
Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray - Winner of Best New Concept Vehicle & Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid - Winner of Best Green Vehicle
Winners in the contest's five categories were the following:

  • Best All-New Production Vehicle: Ford Taurus SHO (27% of vote)
  • Best Concept Vehicle: Chevrolet Corvette StingRay (39% of vote)
  • Best "Green" Vehicle: Ford Fusion Hybrid (31% of vote)
  • Best Exhibit: Ford (30% of vote)
  • Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway: Chevrolet Corvette StingRay (12% of vote)

Eight finalists in four categories were selected by a panel of elite automotive journalists. The fifth category, "Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway," allowed voters to choose from any vehicle on the show floor.

According to the results, nearly one-third of the voters considered the Ford Taurus SHO the Best All-New Production Vehicle at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. It was followed by the BMW Z4 with 20 percent of the vote.

Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway was captured by the Chevrolet Corvette StingRay concept. The restyled 2010 Ford Mustang finished second with 7% of the vote.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid grabbed the title of Best "Green" Car. Ford says that Fusion Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient midsize car in America, and apparently voters agreed, giving it a commanding 31% of the votes. Fusion Hybrid trumped the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, which tied for second at 14% of the vote.

Gathering 39 percent of the vote, the striking Chevrolet Corvette StingRay captured victory as the Best Concept Car of the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. StingRay is set to star in the upcoming movie "Transformers II: Revenge of the Fallen." Joining StingRay in the movie are Chevrolet's Camaro, Trax, and Skids concepts, which also made appearances at the Chicago Auto Show. The innovative Lincoln C finished a second with 20 percent of the vote.

Wrestling the crown of Best Exhibit away from last year's winner, Chevrolet, was Ford. The Blue Oval brand grabbed 30 percent of the vote versus Chevrolet's 27 percent. It's interesting to note that the Ford display included several interactive exhibits including an off-road driving simulator, truck alley, slot-car racing, and music-mix stations.

Click here to watch the NBC5 Chicago video of the Best of Show results.

Stay tuned, because we'll announce the winners of the $100 Shell Gas Cards and $100 Cash Cards shortly.

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