We’re coming up on the season of car shows and awards. With Motor Trend’s choices in, we have only a few days before the announcement that tells us which two of six finalists take home the title of North American Car or North American Truck/Utility of the Year.
Contenders in the truck/utility category are the Lincoln MKC, Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado. Among the cars, finalists are the Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Golf series.
Winners will be announced during a press conference that opens the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 12.
This marks the 22nd year for the NACTOY, which honors new benchmarks in their automotive segments in areas ranging from design and safety to innovation and value. To be eligible, a vehicle must be redesigned or substantially changed and be introduced in 2014.
Last year’s winners were the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Chevrolet Silverado. Motor Trend, which offers a separate category for utilities, named the VW Golf series, Chevy Colorado and Honda CR-V as its 2015 winners.
The vehicles in the North American competition have been judged this year by an independent jury of 57 automotive journalists. In the early fall, they viewed all eligible vehicles and voted for a dozen or so that they thought deserved a second look. In early December they voted again, with each juror allocating 25 points to cars and 25 to trucks among the short-list entries. In the final stage of competition, each juror has just 10 points to allocate among the three car and three trucks in each category.
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