• 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Automotive Video Association’s Car and SUV of the Year

    2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
    Behold the best car and SUV in the land.[photos: Mercedes-Benz, FCA]

    The Automotive Video Association (AVA) Car and SUV of the Year

     The Automotive Video Association (AVA), which represents nearly 500 million unique viewers per year, today announced the winners of its first-ever AVA Awards. The AVA award program was hosted Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, and held at the Resort of the Mountain in Welches, Oregon. Over the course of three days, the eight member jury drove all the vehicles back-to-back, culminating with final deliberations with the Performance Car of the Year and Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year being named.

    The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster took home top honors for the Performance Car category and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk for the Performance SUV category.

    As a refresher, the AVA Jurors were the following:

    You can check out TFL’s take on the two phenomenal winning vehicles below:

    Mercedes-AMG GT C

    Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

    2017 AVA Deliberations:

    “After careful evaluations of the entire vehicle line-up, we landed on the two cars that best deserve this award. With a thorough and fair voting process in place, it allowed for the vehicles to win on merit and not just opinion. However, the entire line-up of vehicles provided by the automakers for the AVA to test were all IMPRESSIVE and a special thank you goes out to each and every automaker that participated. Even if they are not in the top winner category, our videos will span the globe with consumers and enthusiasts alike who are tuning in to see how these vehicles performed. We will be presenting the winning automakers with their awards at a to-be- determined event… stay tuned,” The 2017 AVA Jurors.

    Scoring Criteria

    Scoring these vehicles was the most important part of this process. Credibility was essential and a process in place to ensure accuracy was mission critical. Voting was based on 100 total points and broken down into four key categories:

    • 25 for Performance
    • 25 for Value
    • 25 for Style/Design
    • 25 for Fun to Drive

    Each category for value was based on a mathematical equation to ensure complete accuracy between vehicles. An example, the value was calculated by dividing the cost of the car by the horsepower. The top car received 25 points. The same equation was used to measure 0-60 times. For “Style” and “Fun-to-Drive”, we encouraged the jurors to use their own visceral response and feeling when driving the cars to come up with a number, with 25 being the top. The four key categories were then entered into a spreadsheet and the winner with the most points won.   


    To witness the full scope of arguments and consensus that went into the AVA’s picks, you can watch the video here:

    About the Automotive Video Association

    The AVA was formed by video media outlets that span the country and this group represents the auto industry’s first-ever national media organization that focuses on video exclusively. The AVA was established to provide media outlets that specialize in video content the ability to promote their industry, which is the fastest growing segment within the spectrum of automotive media. The organization is made up of some of the most prominent and most followed automotive outlets in the country.

    Grant Davis
    Grant Davis
    Grant Davis is the Marketing Manager for TFLcar. Since 2006, he's found himself in the driver's seat of a more than 200 cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and the occasional watercraft as a longtime writer for Outside Magazine/Outside online and other adventure-oriented media. He's based in Denver and has a love/hate relationship with his 11-year-old minivan.

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    8 thoughts on “2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Automotive Video Association’s Car and SUV of the Year

    1. Interesting idea, Jay H. Can you explain the rational behind the extra steps (/weight x 100)? I believe the AVA was simply using it to help balance the Value rankings and nothing more. I get it intuitively, but I’d like to hear you explain it.

      1. You know better than us that HP alone is not the absolute measure of performance. HP/weight is a better indication of performance. Assuming that, the criteria of value per performance will be better evaluated by cost/(HP/weight) than just cost/HP.

      2. Grant. I think it was a good idea for the AVA to try and quantify value. But like @Alan said. HP/ weight is a better indication of value. So the calculation is actually MSRP/(HP/Weight). The problem is that an AMG SL 63 weighs about 4100 lbs. So $152,000/(577hp/4100) = .062. That is a tough number to use on a 100 point scale. Adding the common multiplication factor of 100 brings that to 6.2. It just makes an easier number to conceptualize.

    2. The credit for this brilliant idea goes to Jay H, but his calculation has a mistake.
      You should first calculate the HP/Weight and then divide the Price by that result, or… simplify it as:
      Price/(HP/Weight) = (Price*Weight)/HP
      since this gets huge (6 figures number), we can use the Price in Grants (or simply divide the result by 1000)

      Here is the result with this formula for few cars (the smaller number the better value = less cost for performance)

      AMG GT C: (160 x 3560) / 550 == 1035
      AMG SL 63: (152 x 4100) / 577 == 1080
      Trackhawk: (100 x 5350) / 707 == 756
      Miata Sport MT: ( 26.4 x 2332) / 155 == 397

      It’s simple to understand; higher cost and more weight increase the number and more HP reduces the number. Remember the lower number the better.

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