Ford Taurus, Volvo XC60 Named International Car, Truck of the Year

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At the L.A. auto show, a panel of 19 nationally recognized automotive journalists — including Senior Editor Joe Wiesenfelder — presented the Ford Taurus and Volvo XC60 with 14th Annual International Car and Truck of the Year Awards.

“I’m especially pleased to see the 2010 Taurus recognized with this award,” Wiesenfelder said. “The 2008 and 2009 model, which succeeded the Ford Five Hundred, offered lots of room but was aesthetically uninspiring. The new one is stylish and well-rounded — the complete package. Though it entered a crowded compact-luxury crossover category, the Volvo XC60 stood out for its comfort, refinement and a size that’s appropriate for the times.”

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