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Best new vehicles in Texas: Viper GTS, Ford Fusion & Cadillac ATS are big winners

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SRT Viper GTS Coupe Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Ford Fusion Titanium Ecoboost Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Dodge Charger SRT8 Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Chevy Impala Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Ford Focus ST Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Professional racer Tommy Kendall in the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Photo by Kevin McCauley
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SRT Viper GTS Coupe Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Fiat 500 Turbo Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Lexus GS350 F Sport Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT  Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Scion FR-S Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Ford C-Max with electric vehicle charging station Photo by Kevin McCauley
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The Texas automotive press gathered once again at the Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth to evaluate the latest cars and decide which ones are best. The annual TAWA Texas Auto Roundup is like an auto show where you can drive the display models — and put them through their paces on the road and racetrack.

This year, the competition was particularly tough, and the voting among the journalists particularly close.

Mercedes-Benz and their performance division AMG brought multiple-time champion driving ace Tommy Kendall to take passengers on scorching quick laps in the super exclusive Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe Black Series (Tommy also happens to personally own one), but it wasn't quite enough to take the supercar title away from the sexy 2013 SRT Viper GTS Coupe, making its much-awaited return to production.

But it's not all about supercars, of course. The Ford Fusion took home the prize for Family Car of Texas and Mid-size Car of Texas, and the Cadillac ATS won the Performance Sedan category. 

A great addition this year was a fully-functioning electric car charge station by eVgo, to support the growing number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles like the 2013 Ford C-Max, Smart Electric Drive and Chevrolet Volt

Here is the full breakdown of the Texas Auto Roundup voting results:

Sub-Compact Car

2013 Fiat 500 Turbo — the tamer version of the ridiculously cool 500 Abarth we named our 2012 Hot Hatch of the Year
 
Compact Car

2013 Buick Verano Turbo
 
Performance Compact

2013 Scion FR-S — which we named our 2012 Performance Car of the Year and fully featured on CultureMap 
 
Mid-Size Car

2013 Ford Fusion Titanium — the Hybrid version we named 2012 Smart Energy Car of the Year
 
Full-Size Car

2014 Chevrolet Impala
 
Mid-Size Luxury Car

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport
 
Full-Size Luxury Car

2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum Collection AWD
 
Performance Coupe

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT 392
 
Performance Sedan

2013 Cadillac ATS  — our pick for 2012 CultureMap Car of the Year
 
Minivan

2013 Chrysler Town & Country Limited
 
Activity Vehicle

2013 Dodge Journey Crew
 
Performance Utility

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
 
Supercar

2013 SRT Viper GTS Coupe
 
Green Vehicle

2013 Chevrolet Volt
 
Best New Feature

Ford: Hands-Free Lift Gate
 
Best New Interior 

2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition
 
Best Value

2013 Ford Focus ST
 
Family Car of Texas

2013 Ford Fusion
 
Car of Texas

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

 

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