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Aston Martin One-77, Ford Focus PEV, Cadillac Ciel named best vehicles at Miami auto show - Pepe Delfino Recipient Of Terry Jackson Memorial Award

Miami, FL (Oct. 28, 2011) – The Aston Martin One-77 and Ford Focus Plug-In Electric Vehicle were named the top vehicles at the 41st annual South Florida International Auto Show (SFIAS) by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA), while Cadillac’s stunningly beautiful Cadillac Ciel was tapped as the Best Concept Vehicle in the Show.

The nine-member SAMA judging panel awarded the One-77 the fifth annual “Star of the Show” trophy after deciding that it was the single vehicle on display at the show that South Floridians will most want to see.

At the same time, the judges picked Ford’s new Plug In Electric Vehicle as the “Best Green Technology Vehicle” in the show because it is Ford’s Focus plug-in electric car to be mass produced and marketed in the United States and should make the technology more accessible to more Americans.

Cadillac’s Ciel, which has been praised as the forerunner of future Cadillac styling, captured the “Best Concept Vehicle” trophy.
“We considered about 20 vehicles for the Star of the Show award,” said SAMA judging committee chairman Ron Beasley, “That list included the Audi A7 and Lexus GS sedan, the Mercedes-Benz C Class, the Toyota Camry, Range Rover Evoque and Hyundai Veloster. But, in the end, the judges felt that the new Aston Martin One-77, which made its North American auto show debut in Miami, was just the most exciting vehicle on the floor and it’s the one car that people will come to the show to see.”

Beasley said that the judges considered half-dozen vehicles in the Green Technology category before deciding to award the trophy to the new Ford Focus electric car.

“We considered the Mitsubishi iMEV, the Toyota Prius V and various manufacturers’ hybrid and clean diesel technology,” said Beasley. “But, the new Ford Focus Plug-In Electric Vehicle with its fast-charging capability is clearly a giant step forward in this technology.”

This is the fifth consecutive year that SAMA has given the awards at the SFIAS, which marks its 41th anniversary this year. A prestigious panel of nine SAMA members walked the floor of the show and reviewed the vehicles prior to the opening and determined which vehicles would receive the coveted SAMA

The 2010 panel of judges included SAMA founding president and automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers Ron Beasley, former Automundo Magazine publisher and SAMA founding member Jorge Koechlin, FAMA Magazine editor/publisher Al Vazquez; prominent international auto journalist Howard Walker, auto writer/photographer and SAMA founding member Angelica Willard, nationally known automotive radio personality Joe Castello, veteran automotive writer and track announcer Ric Green, bilingual automotive journalist Juan Robbin, and auto writer and sports car racer Dr. Ray Mummery.



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The awards were announced and presented at the annual auto show luncheon hosted by SAMA for members of the auto industry on the opening day of the Miami auto show. The SFIAS opened in the Miami Beach Convention Center on Oct. 28 and continues through Nov. 6.



Pepe Delfino Recipient Of Terry Jackson Memorial Award

Jose “Pepe” Delfino, a founding member of SAMA and the Media & Internet Director for the organization, is the third recipient of the Terry Jackson Memorial Award.

The award named for the late auto journalist recognizes a member for outstanding service to SAMA and for contributions to the auto industry in South Florida. The announcement was made at the annual SAMA luncheon at the South Florida International Auto Show in Miami Beach.

“Pepe’s work on the website has been invaluable in promoting the success and awareness of our organization throughout the country,” President Paul Borden said. “Pepe created and designed the website and has continued to keep it updated with news, reviews, and other features all on his own time and without remuneration of any kind.

“I have heard comment after comment from people in the industry about the high quality of our website and how it is the best by far of any media organization.

“Pepe deserves all the credit.”

Since coming to Miami in 1990. Pepe has operated his own business, Dolphin Intertrade Corp., dedicated to computers and information systems, Internet, Electronic Commerce, web design and electronic publishing. He also is publisher and editor of in partnership with Jorge Koechlin.

A native of Peru, he was the founder and first president of the San Isidro Automovil Club in Lima and raced several Peruvian rallies championships from 1969 to 1973, winning the Clausura Rallye in 1972 and the First Rally de la Selva in 1972.

In the late 1970s, he emigrated with his family to Canada and in the 1980s moved to Chicago, where he worked in Chicago as a new car sales manager at two Ford dealers.

Since moving to Miami, he has served as an officer in several professional organizations.

He and his wife Gaby just became grandparents for the seventh time when their daughter Giuliana Delfino Levin (also a SAMA member) gave birth to a daughter, Penelope.

The Terry Jackson Award is named for the late auto journalist who was a nationally known figure and also a founding member of SAMA. He succumbed to cancer in January 2009.

Previous recipients of the award are Marcello Serrato, president and founder of Prestige Auto, and Rick Baker, president of the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association.






















Aston Martin One-77




Cadillac Ciel




Ford Focus Plug-In Electric