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As one of the highest honors handed out to cars, trucks and vans, the Motor Trend Car of the Year list includes some of the best vehicles that have ever been produced. Nearly each year since 1949, the Motor Trend Car of the Year has been named based on the magazine's pick for cars that exhibit superiority, significance, and value.

The Motor Trend Car of the Year list is as old as Motor Trend magazine itself with the launch of the publication in 1949 coming when the Cadillac Motor Division was honored for their excellence with V8 engine models. Initially, a motor company was selected each year, but later the award was refined to select an individual model of car. Only three times since 1949, in 1950, 1953 and 1954, was the award not given.

As the magazine grew, other categories were added, such as the Motor Trend Import of the Year and Motor Trend Truck of the Year, among others. It took 50 years for the magazine to open up the award to foreign-made models, starting in 1999, and another few after that for an international car to take home the title. In 2003, the Infiniti G35 became the first non-American-made model to win Car of the Year.

Because of the high standards used to decide on the award winner, the car selected generally continues on to sell well, however certain models, such as the 2002 Ford Thunderbird, failed to impress buyers and was canceled later. Regardless of sales, these cars will live on as the best of the year for their time, a prestigious award that can never be taken away.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2010 Ford Fusion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2009 Nissan GT-R is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2008 Cadillac CTS is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2007 Toyota Camry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2006 Honda Civic Coupe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2005 Chrysler 300 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2004 Toyota Prius is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2003 Infiniti G35 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2002 Ford Thunderbird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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2000 Lincoln LS is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1999 Chrysler 300M is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1998 Chevrolet Corvette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1996 Dodge Caravan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1995 Chrysler Cirrus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1994 Ford Mustang Convertible is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1993 Ford Probe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1992 Cadillac Seville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1990 Lincoln Town Car is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1989 Ford Thunderbird is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1988 Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1987 Ford Thunderbird is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1986 Ford Taurus Sedan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1985 Volkswagen GTI is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1984 Chevrolet Corvette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1983 AMC Alliance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1981 Dodge Aries is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'
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1980 Chevrolet Citation is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1979 Buick Riviera S is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1978 Dodge Omni is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'
1978 Dodge Omni Hatchback - Also the Plymouth Horizon

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1977 Chevrolet Caprice is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1976 Dodge Aspen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'
1976 Dodge Aspen Also the Plymouth Volare

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1975 Chevrolet Monza is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1974 Ford Mustang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1972 Citroën SM is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1971 Chevrolet Vega is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1970 Ford Torino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1969 Plymouth Roadrunner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1968 Pontiac GTO 1968-1972 Pon... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'
1968 Pontiac GTO 1968-1972 Pontiac A-Body Coupe 1968-1972 Pontiac A-Body Coupe

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1967 Mercury Cougar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1966 Oldsmobile Toronado is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'

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1965 Pontiac Motor Division is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'
1965 Pontiac Motor Division

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1964 Ford Motor Company is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'
1964 Ford Motor Company

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1963 American Motors Rambler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'
1963 American Motors Rambler

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1962 Buick Special is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List Of All Motor Trend 'Car of the Year'