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Vote (or die!) for Internet car of the year

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  September 16, 2009 05:28 PM

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Keith Griffin,'s used car expert, may not have P. Diddy's grandiose marketing budget behind his push for a car and truck of the year award chosen exclusively by the Internet. But Griffin's get-out-the-vote message for consumers to voice their choices on the year's best models — much like Diddy's national youth tour during the 2004 presidential election — is equally as grassroots, yet completely free of awful rhyming, cheap cologne, and rap group upstarts.

Griffin picked 12 online automotive journalists, including's "car doctor" John Paul, as jurors to vote on semi-finalists. Unlike every other automotive media award, the Internet and only the Internet will decide the winners.

Head over to and vote for the finalists through Oct. 16. The finalists will be subject to another round of voting on Oct. 19, with the winner decided in November. Awards will be presented in real life, likely at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show.

And in case you don't vote or forget, we've let Diddy know all about it.

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Clifford Atiyeh is an automotive writer and car enthusiast . He has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own.
In the garage: 1995 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (by association)
Bill Griffith is a veteran Boston Globe reporter, having reviewed cars for more than 10 years and serving as assistant sports editor for 25 years. He was also the paper's sports media columnist.
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AAA's Car Doctor, John Paul John Paul is public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England, a certified mechanic, and a Globe columnist. He hosts a weekly radio show on WROL.
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Craig Fitzgerald has been writing about cars, motorcycles, and the automotive industry since 1999. He is the former editor of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car.
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Keith Griffin is president of the New England Motor Press Association and edits the used car section on He also writes for the Hartford Business Journal and various weekly newspapers in Connecticut.
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George Kennedy is a senior writer for WheelsTV in Acton, which produces video reviews for Yahoo, MSN, and other auto websites.
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