Land Rover, the world's leading premium sport utility vehicle manufacturer, won two awards at the Northwest Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year Competition, most commonly known as "Mudfest"™. The award presentation took place today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2009 Range Rover Sport won the coveted 2008 Northwest SUV of the Year award, along with the Best Off-Road SUV award. The SUV of the Year award is determined by compiling the journalists' overall scores. The winner is the vehicle that impresses the voting journalists most – in this case, the Range Rover Sport.

The event was held October 2-3, 2008 at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash. Twenty automotive journalists from the Washington, Oregon and British Columbia region drove and evaluated 22 sport-utility and crossover-utility vehicles. Each vehicle was tested on three separate venues, including off-road, on-pavement and a specially-designed track for stability and handling assessment. Packaging, versatility and overall value for money are also evaluated through a comprehensive scoring procedure. Three categories: value, family and luxury, are organized so that each SUV is evaluated against similar vehicles.

"We are delighted to have won the off-road and overall categories at Mudfest this year," said Chris Marchand, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Land Rover North America. "Being named the 2008 Northwest SUV of the Year is a fantastic accomplishment for the Range Rover Sport and its great knowing that the automotive journalists are recognizing its capability both on- and off-road."

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