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If you’re thinking of buying a car this year, here are some new models that appeal  to auto journalists covering the 2008 Auto Show now on at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Automobile journalists association of  Canada has named  the mid-engine Audi R8 sports coupe  2008 Car of the Year.  It’s apparently  a blast to drive, but only if price is no object – it costs $130,000.
Despite record losses and gloomy sales projections, General Motors has a winner here. The made-in-Oshawa Chevrolet Silverado pickup was named Canada’s 2008 Utility Vehicle of the Year. It was the first time GM has won either car or truck of the year honours here since 1987.
GM also showed off a prototype of the 2009 Silverado Hybrid, which will go on sale this summer and be the first hybrid drive vehicle to be built in this country.
Chrysler took the wraps off the Dodge Challenger SRT8, which will be manufactured in Brampton.
The two-door coupe is a throwback to the 1970 Challenger of the muscle car era.
But the automaker  is promising that the powerful new Challenger will be environmentally friendly. The only question now is whether Canadian pricing will be close to the $37,500US announced in Chicago last week.

The Auto Show is on until February 24th.

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