Aaaaand the 2008 North American International Auto Show Car of the Year (NAIAS - COTY) is:
2008 Chevy Malibu (shocked silence)
Yes, GM beat out a long list of nominees:
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Nissan Altima Coupe
Finalists were the Cadillac CTS, Honda Accord & Malibu.
Oddly, this is the same chassis that won last year - the 2007 car of the year was the Saturn Aura, which is almost identical to this year's Malibu.
It's surprising to me that they put this car into the Malibu nameplate (since past Malibus are absolute crap), but not at all surprising that it won. The list of standard features is simply incredible for the price - comparing features, it actually competes more against the luxury Japanese brands than the Camry/Accord.
If you're in the market, I'd recommend you drive one. They're shockingly impressive for a Chevy.