The Sengupta Awards

There are currently three sets of Awards on this page.
  • The World's Best Cars of the Year Award
  • The World of Cars' Best and Worst of The 1990s
  • The Best and Worst of WWII

    For the World's Best Cars of the Year awards, I am going by memory. So if you see a car that I have put in 1992, but you know was really an "all-new" car in 1991, then thatis my mistake, not someone else's. I like looks and features and style innovation. I tend not to like exotics as not being practical or realistic, but find myself including some of the more expensive cars anyway.

    Year1st Place 2nd Place3rd PlaceNotes
    The World's Best Cars of the Year Award
    1989Peugeot 405Nissan MaximaMitsubishi Galant
    1990Nissan 300ZCitroen XMPeugeot 605
    1991Alfa 164Subaru SVXSAAB 9000
    1992Dodge IntrepidChrysler LHSMini Cooper
    1993Ford ProbeJeep Grand CherokeeChevy CamaroThe Probe GT was Ford's last beautiful design
    1994Mazda RX-7
    1995BMW 3
    1996Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Town & Country
    1997Alfa 156Chevy CorvettePontiac Grand Prix
    1998Dodge Intrepid
    1999Plymouth ProwlerChrylser 300MCadillac Seville STS
    2000Peugeot 406 CoupeMercedes S ClassBMW M5Lincoln LS comes close!
    2001Infinity Q45
    2002Nissan AltimaMercedes SL
    2003350ZInfinity G35Honda AccordA banner year for Japanese cars.
    2004BMW 6 seriesMercedes CLSPeugot 407
    2005Toyota PriusChrysler 300Acura RL
    2006Lexus GS450hChevy CorvetteBuick Lucerne
    2007Lexus LS600hOpel GT/Saturn Skye/Pontiac SolsticeMazda CX-9
    2008Buick EnclaveCadillac CTSFord Edge
    2009Toyota PriusAudi A7Buick Lacrosse
    The World of Cars' Best and Worst of The 1990s
    Best Car MagazineCarAutocarClean sweep for the Brits! When will the Americans notice?
    Most Improved Product LineRenaultAlfa RomeoChryslerVolkswagen merits an honorable mention.
    Most Improved StyleChryslerVolvoAudi is so interesting, yet basically has only one design theme.
    Most Degeneration of StyleNissanFordRoverIs the Altima a sign of better things from Nissan?
    Unheralded Show CarsBMW M9Pininfarina NauticaFord GT90
    The Greatest Show CarsPeugeot OxiaChrysler Portofino'91 Chrylser 300
    Welcome Back from ICUAudiJaguarChrysler
    Worst TrendsSUVsFuel consumptionRoad-rageDrive-by-wire
    Looking forward to...4 pt. seat-beltsAlternative energy
    Only Women Need ApplyToyotaHyundaiMitsubishi
    Time to Expand DemographicsBuickCadillacToyota
    Still Ugly After All These YearsHyundaiGMC TrucksGM Interiors
    What ever happened to?Lotus Omega
    This is your father's OldsmobileLotus Esprit Turbo
    The Best of GuigiaroSubaru SVXLotus Esprit TurboDMC DeLoreanMy favorite design company
    The Best StudiosItalDesignPininfarinaBertone
    The Bad GuysFerdinand PorscheLouis RenaultHenry Ford
    The Good GuysOpelOpel fled the Nazis and gave it all up
    They started with planesSAABBMWMitsubishiLook closely at BMW's logo
    The Best InnovationsAirbagsMinivansF1 PaddlesI know. Minivans and airbags started in the '80s... But still
    How About a Home Run?SAABMitsubishiSubaru
    Unlamented LossesToyota SupraMercur SkorpioMitsubishi 3000GT
    Lamented LossesNissan 300ZSterling 827 HatchbackFord Probe
    Why Don't We Get 'Em?Nissan Skyline
    The Best RacesLeMansParis-DakarPike's Peak
    Most Overrated CarsPorsche 911BMW 3 SeriesFord Mustang
    Ideal 3 Car GarageAudi S8Ferrari F35530' Winnebago
    The Best and Worst of WWII
    Early WWII TanksChar 1 bisKV-1Matilda II
    Mid WWII TanksT34Panther VSherman Firefly
    Late WWII TanksJS-3PershingTiger II
    Early WWII FightersSpitfireMe-109P40
    Mid WWII FightersFW 190P-51Yak 9
    Late WWII FightersMe-262La-5Tempest
    Early WWII BattleshipsBismarckRichelieuKongo
    Late WWII BattleshipsIowaYamatoVanguard
    The Specialist InfantryFinnish Ski TroopsGerman PioneersBritish Commandos
    Early WWII CarriersAkagi/KagaLexington
    Late WWII CarriersEssexShinanoIllustrious
    WWII Battle-CruisersStrasbourgAlaskaScharnhorst
    Most Elegant BB or BCLittorioRichelieuScharnhorstHood and Tennesee get honorable mentions
    Ugliest BattleshipIseKongo
    Most Menacing BattleshipYamatoKongoBismarck
    The MegalomaniacsHitlerStalinMussoliniNo surprises here!
    WWII MoviesSaving Private RyanStalingradTora, Tora, Tora
    The Land BattlesStalingradD-DayKursk
    The Naval BattlesPhillipine SeaMidwaySink the Bismarck
    The Air BattlesMarianas Turkey ShootBattle of BritainMalta
    The Saddest BattlesRape of NankingWarsaw UprisingLeningrad
    The InnovationsJet AircraftAtom Bomb

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