The Hispanic Motor Press Foundation (HMPF) announced today their new panel of judges for the 2022 Hispanic Motor Press Awards (HMPA) and Latino Traffic Report (LTR) made the list. The premier independent Latino vehicle awards presented in the United States recognize the best new vehicles for Hispanic buyers. Winners will be announced during this year’s LA Auto Show, the annual ten-day auto and lifestyle event featuring the most diverse range of vehicles and brands in North America that opens to the public on November 19, 2021.
“With Hispanic buyers accounting for 25 percent of the growth in new-vehicle sales, HMPA guides consumers in preselecting choices,” states Ricardo Rodriguez-Long, founder and president of the Hispanic Motor Press. “Los Angeles is the top Hispanic market in the U.S. and the LA Auto Show continues to be a top performing show.”
The HMPA jury panel is comprised of national Latino automotive journalists, bloggers, content creators and industry influencers selected by the organization’s advisory board. Twenty-three automotive experts and Hispanic consumer engagers—handpicked every year—and one jury director, form the panel.
“This is the only national automotive award selected exclusively by Latino automotive journalists who best understand the needs and concerns of Latino car buyers,” says Valerie Menard, CEO of LTR. “It’s an honor to have been selected to serve on this jury.”
The jurors evaluate the vehicles from their perspective as part of their professional work through September 2021. Finalists are selected for the top ten best new vehicles: Car, EV Car, Hybrid Car, Sports Car, Luxury Car, Car Technology, Sports Utility Vehicle, Pick-Up Truck, Adventure Car, and the ultimate award Family Car of the Year.
Auto manufacturers voluntarily submit their entries, and the panel evaluates the vehicles on their features including overall design, comfort, safety, economy, handling, performance, functionality, infotainment integration, interior design, environmental requirements, driver satisfaction, and price. The final top ten vehicle winners represent the most significant automobiles in the market, as they meet the needs and desires of Latino consumers. Winners will be announced during the LA Auto Show’s Automobility LA press days, November 17–18, 2021. The general public is invited to attend the LA Auto show from November 19–28, 2021 and view the winning vehicles in-person
Rodriguez-Long will serve as jury moderator. The Hispanic Motor Press Awards 2022 jury panel from across the country includes:
|1. Aaron Sanchez (ABC News) CA||9. Ellie Byrd (El Heraldo News) TX||17. Maria Ravani (Sobre Rodas Magazine) FL|
|2. Alejandro Maciel (LA Times Español) CA||10. German Angel (Enfoque Social) – CA||18. Pepe Delfino (El Automovilista) – FL|
|3. Angelica Willard (Willard Post) FL||11. Gil Silva (Mitchell Books) – CA||19. Pepe Forte (Automania)- FL|
|4. Armando Varela (La Opinion) CA||12. Hector Russo (Geek’s Room) – TX||20 Roger Rivero (Automotriz Channel) – OR|
|5. Camilo Alfaro (Autoproyecto) CA||13. Jaime Gabaldoni (Univision Autos) – FL||21. Sandra Munoz (Latinaology)- AZ|
|6. Carlos Hernandez (LatinOCC) CA||14. Jeffrey Gomez (The Snob Magazine) – TX||22. Valerie Menard (Latino Traffic Report) – TX|
|7. David Loji (The Detroit Bureau) MI||15. Jose Melendrez (La Alcancia) – NY|
|8. Dawn Garcia (A Taste of Dawn/ATOD Magazine) – CA||16. Lizza Monet Morales (Xoxo, Lizza Inc.) – CA|
For information on previous Award Winners visit www.hispanicmotorpress.com.