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author photo by Doug DeMuro August 2016

The results are in. Your opinions have been heard. The numbers are added up. And with that, I can officially bring to a close the most important vote you'll cast this year: the next DougCar. And boy, do you people want me to get a Dodge Viper.

But before I get to all the details (such as the fact that someone recommended I get a Volkswagen Tiguan), let's talk turnout. The number of suggestions for this year's DougCar vote was amazing. Insane. Unbelievable. I received more than 2,500 DougCar comments on Oversteer, more than 8,600 replies on YouTube and hundreds of responses on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The result was more than 10,000 total suggestions, which I spent days tabulating before finally deciding to cut things off at 5,222. This was the biggest DougCar competition ever.

While I've covered the top 10 suggestions in my YouTube video about the DougCar competition, I decided to bring much more detail about the suggestions to this column. And so ... WARNING: If you aren't into graphs, tables and charts shaped like pie, you might want to move along. May I recommend that story about the Pontiac Grand Prix limousine?

The Top 20 Vehicles

The top 20 vehicles by overall number of suggestions are listed below. As you can see, the Dodge Viper scored an easy victory. While the No. 2 suggestion, the Plymouth Prowler, beat the No. 3 suggestion, the DeLorean, by only five votes -- and the DeLorean beat the No. 4 Toyota Supra by only one vote -- the Viper ended up winning by 35 votes. This is an unprecedented margin (except for last time, when the Viper also won by 35 votes).

The result is clear: You people want me to get a Viper. And possibly die.

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Suggestions by Platform

Overall, my 5,222 suggestions came from five different platforms: my Facebook page (192), Instagram (431), Oversteer (2,796), Twitter (624) and YouTube (1,154).

More interesting than the spread of the suggestions, however, is which platforms preferred which cars. For instance, while the Dodge Viper won overall, it finished second on Oversteer behind the Plymouth Prowler and second on YouTube behind the Toyota Supra. Meanwhile, Twitter and Facebook preferred the Ariel Atom, which didn't even rate in the top five on Oversteer. And why the Volkswagen Phaeton fared so well on Instagram, we may never know.

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Vehicle Age

Although readers and viewers often suggest that I should try a classic, the simple truth is this: Most readers want something newer. This time, 83 percent of DougCar suggestions named something made after 1980, with a full 36 percent of suggestions hailing from the 2000-2010 decade. The next most popular decades were 1990-2000 with 19 percent, followed by 2010 to the present with 16 percent.

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Vehicle Country of Origin

In the column and video where I detailed the rules for the next DougCar, I specifically asked you to find me something ridiculous. Your response was to overwhelmingly suggest something American, with 1,753 of the suggestions, or nearly 35 percent, naming vehicles from the United States. The lesson here: If you want a ridiculous car, buy American.

Following far behind American cars were German cars with 1,051 votes (21 percent), Japanese cars with 831 (16 percent) and British cars with 825 suggested (also 16 percent). Fifty-five of you suggested something Soviet-made -- I think you want me to die more than the Viper contingent.

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Vehicle Body Style

Not surprisingly, coupes and convertibles earned the most suggestions, with roughly 45 percent of all suggested vehicles fitting into those two body-style categories. Sedans and SUVs added up to another 30 percent, making 75 percent total. The remaining quarter came from hatchbacks (10 percent, with 476 suggested), pickups (8.7 percent, with 404 suggested) and a smattering of other weird things. Eleven people recommended minivans.

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The Worst Suggestions

And then there were the awful suggestions -- trust me when I say there were many, many awful suggestions. An enormous number. There were so many bad suggestions that I briefly considered that there might be a robot sitting on the other end of the computer screen, programmed to simply type out random car names without regard to excitement factor, horsepower or current status as a minivan that brings children to daycare places with brightly colored signs.

For instance, someone recommended the Chevrolet Trax. I'm not sure if you know anything about the Trax, but it's this subcompact crossover that has about 130 hp and probably shows active-lifestyle millennials in its commercials. It doesn't follow a single one of my rules. Same goes for the person who suggested the Volkswagen Tiguan, the person who suggested the Infiniti QX80, and the three people who suggested a Honda Fit. What am I going to do with a Honda Fit? Provide helpful consumer advice?

Then there were the vague suggestions. "Get a Mustang," some said. OK, but which one? A 1960s Mustang with a straight 6-cylinder? A new Shelby GT350R? A coupe? A convertible? A Mach 1? A New Edge '90s Mustang? The same goes for people who suggested a BMW M5 -- a model that spans five generations and three decades -- and the Chevrolet Corvette. And don't even get me started on the people who recommended that I get a BMW M3 despite my explicit instructions not to suggest it. Then again, I should consider myself lucky: At least that one probably won't kill me.

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