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Auburn Hills based Leather Company Provides Leather for Award Winning Vehicles

Across the board, Eagle Ottawa, the world’s largest automotive leather supplier, headquartered in Auburn Hills, MI, has upholstered the interiors of the most acclaimed 2008 vehicles.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has named Chevrolet Malibu the Car of the Year. The all-new, redesigned Malibu includes a completely reinvented cockpit featuring Eagle Ottawa’s “tipped” leather.

Runners up for Car of the Year are Cadillac CTS and Honda Accord. Both the CTS and Accord 2-door also include Eagle Ottawa leather in their award-winning interiors.

Notable, too, is Eagle Ottawa’s inclusion in many of the applauded cars and trucks of the year in the industry’s top publications and auto shows that award honors (see partial list below).

Vice-President of Design Pat Oldenkamp has long had a reputation for combining couture with vehicle interior design. "The trend for softer, more fashion- and furniture-oriented materials inside cars is evident everywhere. Malibu´s bold, sporty new interior with two-tone, tipped seat inserts are a prime example of converting high-fashion into car-fashion. Eagle Ottawa is right on target with this phenomenon – it explains why our leather is in so many award winning cars and trucks."

For more information, or to set up an interview with Pat Oldenkamp, Eagle Ottawa Vice-President of Design, contact Annabel Cohen, 248-364-7442 or

North American International Auto Show:
Car of the Year: Chevrolet Malibu (and in both the runners-up Cadillac CTS and Honda Accord 2-Door)
Runner up Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Motor Trend
Truck of the Year Winner:
Toyota Tundra
Car of the Year Winner:
Cadillac CTS

LA Auto Show
2008 Green Car of the Year®: Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Car and Driver
2008 10 Best Cars
4 of the 9 vehicles with leather
2008 BMW 3-series
2008 Cadillac CTS
2008 Chevrolet Malibu
2008 Honda Accord
Forbes Top 10 Hottest Sedans of 2008:
Lexus IS-F
Cadillac CTS

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