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DSCOTY '06: Most Significant
What is Dieselstation's Most Significant car of the year?
Audi A3 [ 1 ] ** [1.67%]
Bugatti Veyron [ 30 ] ** [50.00%]
Honda Ridgeline [ 1 ] ** [1.67%]
Mercedes CLS-class (AMG included) [ 3 ] ** [5.00%]
Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky [ 19 ] ** [31.67%]
Volkswagen GTI MkV [ 6 ] ** [10.00%]
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post Dec 10 2005, 05:44 PM
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For more on the Dieselstation Car Of The Year '06 competition, please see this thread.

Audi A3
Base MSRP:
$24,740
Available Engines: 2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve turbocharged inline-4 with 200 HP and 207 ft.-lbs. of torque; 3.2 liter DOHC 24-valve VR6 with 250 HP and 236 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (2.0T only) or 6-speed dual-clutch semi-manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive (2.0T only); Permanent All-wheel drive (3.2 only)
Curb Weight: 3263-3500+ pounds

The first luxury hatchback to truly succeed in the United States. Let the flood begin.





Bugatti Veyron
Base MSRP:
$1,000,000
Available Engines: 8.0 liter DOHC 64-valve quad-turbocharged W16 with 987 HP and 922 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 7-speed dual-clutch semi-manual transmission.
Available Drivetrains: Permanent All-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 4162 lbs.

Simply the fastest production roadcar ever made. A feat of engineering that may never be topped.





Honda Ridgeline
Base MSRP:
$27,700
Available Engines: 3.5 liter SOHC 24-valve V6 with 247 HP and 245 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed Automatic transmission with heavy duty transmission cooler.
Available Drivetrains: Permanent All-Wheel Drive (VTM-4)
Curb Weight: 4494-4503 lbs.

A truck unlike any truck youíve ever seen before. May well turn the automotive industry on its ear






Mercedes-Benz CLS-class
Base MSRP:
$65,675
Available Engines: 5.0 liter SOHC 24-valve V8 with 302 HP and 339 ft.-lbs. of torque; 5.4 liter SOHC 24-valve supercharged V8 with 469 HP and 515 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode (500 only); 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode (AMG only)
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3990-4050 lbs.

A beautiful and unique niche vehicle that will be spawning copycats for years to come.





Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky
Base MSRP:
$19,995 (Solstice); Unknown (Sky)
Available Engines: 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 177 HP and 166 ft.-lbs. of torque (Solstice); 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 170 HP and 162 ft-lbs. of torque (Sky).
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
Curb Weight: 2860 lbs.

A new breed of sports cars for the masses.







Volkswagen GTI mkV
Base MSRP:
$22,350 (estimated)
Available Engines: 2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve turbocharged inline-4 with 200 HP and 207 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch semi-manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 2928 pounds (European spec)

The votes are in, and itís unanimous: the GTI is back and better than ever.



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post Dec 10 2005, 06:02 PM
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Sky/Solstice. It's the return of the affordable sports cars at GM, and they actually don't fall apart
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post Dec 10 2005, 06:08 PM
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They all look mighty tempting, but I don't know, I think for me, it would be the GTi. I mean the puppy dog spirit is back in the GTi. thumbs_up.gif
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post Dec 10 2005, 06:44 PM
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significant??
wheres the civic?
completely redesigned, and an Si finally worthy of its name.
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post Dec 10 2005, 06:45 PM
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QUOTE(goota @ Dec 10 2005, 06:44 PM) *
significant??
wheres the civic?
completely redesigned, and an Si finally worthy of its name.

it's nothing really groundbreaking for the company or the industry though
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post Dec 10 2005, 06:47 PM
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bah humbug, damn you all
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post Dec 10 2005, 07:17 PM
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I have to say CLS...its a truly new look at what a luxury car can be.

-the Solstice is flawed...and 16 years too late
-the A3 is only new here
-the Vyron while its fast, it dosent really move anything forward
-the Golf is a Golf
-and the Ridgeline is a truck...
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post Dec 10 2005, 07:40 PM
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Veyron.
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post Dec 10 2005, 07:59 PM
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I would just like to note.

On the CLS, I was driving next to one today, and in the paint, you can see ripples in the doors. WTF
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post Dec 10 2005, 08:31 PM
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whats so significant about the ridgeline
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post Dec 10 2005, 08:36 PM
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Voted the Ridgeline if only because trucks are so huge in America. "It's just a truck" would be relevant to dismiss trucks if trucks didn't occupy like 3 of the top 5 most selling vehicles in North America.

The Veyron will be topped, eventually. The Solstice is only significant because it's the first time GM has made a cheap RWD car focused on performance in a while. The CLS, while attractive (less attractive than the M5 to me though), isn't ground breaking. Do we even know if the A3 is that successful yet?
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post Dec 10 2005, 08:38 PM
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Hrm I just noticed... 3 VAG cars. Is someone biaaaaaased?
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post Dec 10 2005, 08:51 PM
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QUOTE(DakianDelomast @ Dec 10 2005, 11:38 PM) *
Hrm I just noticed... 3 VAG cars. Is someone biaaaaaased?

clarkma5? biased?


noooooooo
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post Dec 10 2005, 10:36 PM
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I so desperately wanted to say the CLS, but there's nothing new other than the fact that it's quite possibly the most beautiful sedan ever made. That and the fanboy instincts were kicking in. I went with the Solstice though...I think it marks the beginning of a comeback for GM.
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QUOTE(moethepaki @ Dec 11 2005, 01:36 AM) *
I so desperately wanted to say the CLS, but there's nothing new other than the fact that it's quite possibly the most beautiful sedan ever made. That and the fanboy instincts were kicking in. I went with the Solstice though...I think it marks the beginning of a comeback for GM.

Beautiful? Reminds me of a beached whale...
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post Dec 10 2005, 10:43 PM
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QUOTE(PHiX @ Dec 11 2005, 09:40 AM) *
Beautiful? Reminds me of a beached whale...


You just insulted my life...I think I'm going to go cry in a corner sad.gif
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post Dec 10 2005, 11:31 PM
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QUOTE(leif @ Dec 10 2005, 07:17 PM) *
I have to say CLS...its a truly new look at what a luxury car can be.

-the Solstice is flawed...and 16 years too late
-the A3 is only new here
-the Vyron while its fast, it dosent really move anything forward
-the Golf is a Golf
-and the Ridgeline is a truck...

How is the CLS significant? It's a swoopy 4 door luxobarge, whoopdeedo. That's nothing new to the industry and that's nothing new to Mercedes.
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post Dec 11 2005, 12:19 AM
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is the solstice or whatever even available outside the states?
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post Dec 11 2005, 01:30 AM
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QUOTE(DakianDelomast @ Dec 10 2005, 08:38 PM) *
Hrm I just noticed... 3 VAG cars. Is someone biaaaaaased?


It's not my fault that VAG made three significant cars in the US in one model year angry.gif

Honestly, I noticed that...I looked into removing them from the list, saying "god I've got too many VAG cars here". I wanted to find something equally or more significant out of the list of 67 models to replace at least one of them...and I just couldn't find anything significant enough. The GTI, the A3, and the Veyron are all significant beyond themselves, and all I did was recognize that they are significant.
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post Dec 11 2005, 01:38 AM
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since no Si, my vote goes to the GTI, it definitely is a great little car.
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