-- A group of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and
the United States has selected the Cadillac ATS, the Ford Fusion
and the Honda Accord as the finalists for the 2013 North American
Car of the Year.
C-Max, Mazda CX-5 and Ram 1500 are the finalists for the 2013 North
American Truck/Utility of the Year.
to reflect the growing numbers of crossover vehicles in the North
American market, jurors voted to change the name of North American
Truck of the Year to North American Truck/Utility of the Year.
finalists were announced today at an Automotive Press Association
luncheon in Detroit.
the 20th year of the awards, which 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 websites.
are financed by the jurorsí dues and the organization does
not accept advertising or fees from automakers.
To be eligible,
a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. After considering
dozens of vehicles this year, the jurors finally narrowed the field
to the 11 cars and 10 trucks on which they voted.
voted early in December, sending their ballots directly to Deloitte
& Touche in Detroit.
DeFrancis, a partner at Deloitte & Touche, provided envelopes
with the names of the finalists – in alphabetical order -
to Lindsay Brooke, a member of the awards' organizing committee,
who made the announcement.
a second round of voting on the three car and three truck/utility
finalists. Those ballots also go to Deloitte.
will be announced at a news conference on Monday, January 14th at
the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
news conference has always been held at the North American International
Auto Show, the show does not give the awards.
is the 20th year of the awards. During the past 19 years:
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
Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year
12 times. Japanese automakers have won four times. European
automakers have won three times. (The name of the award to North
American Truck/Utility of the Year has been changed starting
with the 2013 award.)
winners were the Hyundai Elantra and the Range Rover Evoque.
are the vehicles on which the jurors voted:
American Car of the Year
BMW 3 Series
American Truck/Utility of the Year:
Hyundai Santa Fe
Infiniti JX 35
North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY)
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