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Champ Tommy Kendall takes the best new cars in Texas for a spin

Champ Tommy Kendall takes the best new cars in Texas for a spin

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SRT Viper GTS Coupe Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Cadillac ATS Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Ford Fusion Titanium Ecoboost Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Dodge Charger SRT8 Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Chevy Impala Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Ford Focus ST Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Professional racer Tommy Kendall in the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Photo by Kevin McCauley
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SRT Viper GTS Coupe Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Fiat 500 Turbo Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Lexus GS350 F Sport Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT  Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Scion FR-S Photo by Kevin McCauley
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Ford C-Max with electric vehicle charging station Photo by Kevin McCauley
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The Texas automotive press gathered once again at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth to evaluate the latest cars and choose the best. The annual TAWA Texas Auto Roundup is like an auto show where you can drive the display models — and put them through their paces on the road and racetrack.

This year, the competition was particularly tough and the voting among journalists exceedingly close.

Mercedes-Benz and their performance division AMG brought champion driving ace Tommy Kendall to take passengers on scorching quick laps in the super exclusive Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe Black Series (Kendall also happens to personally own one), but it wasn't quite enough to take the supercar title away from the sexy 2013 SRT Viper GTS Coupe, making its much-awaited return to production.

But it's not all about supercars, of course. The Ford Fusion took home the prize for Family Car of Texas and Mid-size Car of Texas, and the Cadillac ATS won the Performance Sedan category. 

A great addition this year was a fully functioning electric car charge station by eVgo, to support the growing number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, like the 2013 Ford C-Max, Smart Electric Drive and Chevrolet Volt

Here is the full breakdown of the Texas Auto Roundup voting results: