With the Detroit Auto Show just a few months away, jurors for the 2014 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year (NACTOY) awards are whittling down their list of potential winners. “The lists of 12 cars and 12 trucks and utility vehicles will be narrowed to three each in December and a winner will be named at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January,” the Detroit Free Press reports.
Autoblog writes that NACTOY’s short list of candidates offers “a more focused look at what the self-funded, independent, non-profit jury of 50 North American auto writers feel is worth closer consideration.” The winners of the 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards are the Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500, which the automotive press considers a win for Detroit.
For 2014, General Motors has more vehicles up for awards than any other automaker. The redesigned Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Chevrolet Impala are all candidates for North American Car of the Year, while the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are nominated for North American Truck/Utility of the Year. Toyota follows with three vehicles competing, which include the Lexus IS, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Tundra. BMW, Mazda and Kia each have two vehicles competing, which include the BMW 4-Series, BMW X5, Kia Cadenza, Kia Sorento, Mazda3 and Mazda6.
Other vehicles that made the short list for the North American Car of the Year award include the Infiniti Q50, Jaguar F-Type and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, while the Acura MDX, Hyundai Santa Fe (three-row), Jeep Cherokee, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester round out the list of finalists for North American Truck/Utility of the Year. No Ford vehicles are nominated for 2014. Edmunds writes, “Contest organizers said Ford informed them on Monday that the Transit Connect /Wagon will not go on sale in the U.S. until next year, thus removing it from contention.”
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