Tuesday, 27 December, 2011 10:58 AM
North American Car / Truck of the Year Finalists Announced
credit: Ford Motor Company
credit: Hyundai Motors
journalists have selected the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen
Passat as the three finalists for the 2012 North American Car of
The finalists for the 2012 North American Truck of the Year are
the BMW X3, the Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
The finalists were revealed today at an Automotive Press Association
luncheon in Detroit.
The awards are unique
in the United States because -- instead of being given by a single
media outlet -- they are awarded by a coalition of automotive journalists
from the United States and Canada representing magazines, television,
radio, newspapers and web sites. The awards are financed by the
jurors' dues and NACTOY does not accept advertising from automakers.
To be eligible a vehicle
must be all new or substantially changed. After considering dozens
of vehicles this year the jurors finally voted on 17 cars and seven
Earlier this month jurors
sent their ballots to Michelle Collins, a partner at Deloitte &
Today Ms. Collins handed
over envelopes containing the names of the finalists (listed in
alphabetical order) to Karl Brauer, a member of the awards' organizing
committee and the Editor-in-Chief for Total Car Score.
This begins a second
round of voting on the three car and three truck finalists. Those
ballots also go to Ms. Collins who will be the only one who knows
the winners until she hands over the envelopes on January 9th at
7:15 am at the Michigan Stage at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
While the news conference
is being held at the North American International Auto Show, the
show does not give the awards.
Also, the correct name
is "North American Car of the Year" and "North American
Truck of the Year," not "Car of the Year" or "Truck
of the Year."
Last year, the 2011 North
American Car of the Year was the Chevrolet Volt and the 2011 North
American Truck of the Year was the Ford Explorer.
This is the 19th year of the awards. During the past 18 years:
* Domestic automakers
have won North American Car of the Year ten times. European automakers
have won four times, Japanese automakers have won three times. A
Korean automaker – Hyundai - has won once.
* Domestic automakers
have won North American Truck of the Year 12 times. Japanese automakers
have won four times. European automakers have won twice.
The awards are administered
by a six-person organizing committee. This year its members are
Karl Brauer (Total Car Score); Marc Lachapelle (MSN Autos US, Le
Guide de l'auto); Tony Swan (Car and Driver); Lindsay Brooke (Automotive
Engineering International); Mark Phelan (The Detroit Free Press)
and Christopher Jensen (Freelance).
More information including
the names of the jurors is available at www.northamericancaroftheyear.org.
Below are the vehicles
on which the jurors voted.
American Car of the Year:
Kia Rio/Rio 5
Toyota Prius V
Truck of the Year:
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Source: North American Car of the Year Organizing Committee
here to visit the official website of the North American Car
and Truck of the Year Awards.