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A Brief History of the Eighties in Worldwide Car Awards

Posted February 04, 2020 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: 80s award classic auto history

The 1980s was a decade of notable developments in technology and design, and arguably, the automotive industry exhibited those advancements more clearly than any other. The deepening focus on efficiency that had forced the downsizing of cars and their drivetrains in the late 1970s would inspire new, wind tunnel-tested shapes that were motivated by innovatively designed engines. Performance and style were interpreted through a fresh filter, and buyers in America and Europe were spoiled for choice by the wide range of clever and attractive economy, luxury, and sports cars appearing on dealer lots. The most promising of these 1980s automobiles were rewarded with prestigious Car of the Year titles: In the United States, Motor Trend magazine recognized a domestically produced car, as well as an import, each year, while numerous international automotive publications collaborated overseas to award the equally coveted annual European Car of the Year prize. We’ve gathered the 1980 through 1989 COY/ICOY/ECOY winners on these pages for a retrospective, because it’s fun to look back on those modern-classic cars through today’s lens. Do you feel their choices stood the test of time?

Cars of the year for the 1980s.

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02/05/2020 11:14 PM

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02/12/2020 11:22 PM

I remember a lot of butt ugly car models coming out in the 80's.

Mustang's that looked like a set of sneakers.. trucks that looked smushed..

Isuzu rodeo. Suzuki sidekick..

Mercedes where all the chrome must have fallen off.

Ford escort..

The list goes on, but it's boring so I'll save it for never.

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