Challenger and Pacifica Win Big with the Texas Auto Writers Association
The 2019 Dodge Challenger took the elevated award as the Car of Texas at the annual Texas Auto Roundup. The award is hosted by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA). The 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Chrysler Pacifica also picked up key honors.
The Challenger won in the Performance Coupe of Texas and second overall in the Performance Car of Texas category. The Chrysler Pacifica remains as the number one choice for families in Texas with having four consecutive wins under its belt as the Family Car of Texas and Minivan of Texas. Alfa Romeo received following accolades as well with the 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio winning Performance Sedan of Texas for the third year in a row.
“Driving enthusiasts in Texas love horsepower, and the Dodge Challenger’s classic muscular lines and monumental power won over our voters,” said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA and co-host of the “In Wheel Time” radio show in Houston. “The Chrysler Pacifica continues to impress our members with its combination of family-friendly features, technology, and versatility, while the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio offers Texans both performance and Italian design for an exceptional driving experience.”
TAWA members used autocross course set up and local surface roads by the Sports Car Club of America to evaluate vehicles side-by-side. A total of 44 TAWA journalists attended. Twenty-nine cars were driven during the two-day event.
FCA US won the most awards with the following honors:
Performance Coupe of Texas: The 2019 Dodge Challenger Chrysler Brand
Performance Car of Texas: The 2019 Dodge Challenger
Car of Texas: 2019 Dodge Challenger
Family Car of Texas: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica
Minivan of Texas: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica
Performance Sedan of Texas: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
About 2019 Dodge Challenger
Dodge launches the strongest SRT Hellcat lineup ever in 2019, by leveraging the power of the record-setting Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to introduce the new performance halo for the brand and the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car – the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat is coming back with output now with 717 horsepower, and both Hellcat models will feature a new dual-snorkel hood that pays tribute to the unique Dodge design themes from some of its most popular muscle cars, including the 1970 Dart Swinger and 1971 Demon. The new R/T Scat Pack Widebody includes fender flares, 20-inch-by-11-inch forged wheels, the Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tires and larger six-piston Brembo brakes for improved on-road and on-track performance. The new Challenger GT rear-wheel-drive model, expands its productions capabilities with standard Super Track Pak features, seats and performance hood, for the first time with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.
Eight definite models make up the vehicle lineup for 2019: the GT, GT AWD, SXT, SXT AWD, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat Redeye, and the SRT Hellcat. Several option packages offer all of the upgrades, with the additional performance and unique heritage cues that Dodge//SRT customers demand. The Challenger provides a full range of engines, including the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 on the GT, GT AWD, SXT and SXT AWD models; the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 in the R/T models, and the 392 HEMI V-8 on the R/T Scat Pack models.
About 2019 Chrysler Pacifica
The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid revamp the minivan segment with an unrivaled level of versatility, functionality, bold styling, and technology. Re-engineered on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers hybrid powertrains and class-leading gasoline to the minivan segment. The Pacifica Hybrid takes this vehicle a step further with its advanced hybrid powertrain.
It’s the first electrified machine in the minivan segment that delivers more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode. The all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles. It has more than 100 available safety and security features; a Uconnect Theater entertainment system, which comes available with a 4G Wi-Fi with comfort and convenience technologies, and both the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid, have earned its spot as the most awarded minivan, which serves as no-compromise minivan which is ideally suited for today’s families.
About 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
The award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulia distributes race-inspired performance, seductive Italian style, advanced technologies, and thrilling driving experience in the premium mid-size sedan segment. Fabricated by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio feature Romeo’s most powerful production engine to ever exist.
Texas Auto Writers Association
Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) is one of the most respected automotive press organizations in the industry promoting over 30-years of history in quality and accuracy in automotive journalism and broadcasting information about the industry through news-related print, online and broadcast media. TAWA produces two driving events each year — the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall. Media members enjoy driving and evaluating new vehicles competing for the coveted Car of Texas or Truck of Texas trophies.
About the Texas Auto Roundup
The Texas Auto Roundup, which is hosted by TAWA, is held every spring. The event allows dozens of journalists to evaluate a wide variety of cars, minivans, and CUVs sold in Texas. After the event, the Association hands out a variety of awards including the prestigious Car of Texas, Family Car of Texas and Performance Car of Texas.
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