North American car, truck of year finalists include two from GM, Ford
U.S. automakers claimed four of the six finalist spots North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year as picked by 49 automotive journalists in the United States and Canada.
U.S. automakers Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co each have one truck and one car on the list.
The car finalists are the Buick LaCrosse, the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Volkswagen Golf.
Chevrolet and Buick are two of the four GM brands the automaker will feature in North America, in addition to Cadillac and GMC.
The truck finalists are the Chevrolet Equinox, the Ford Transit Connect, and the Subaru Outback. The jury of journalists had more than 50 vehicles to choose from, and narrowed the field to 16 cars and 10 trucks before voting to pick the finalists. They will vote again to name the winners, which will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in January in Detroit. New models or ones that have been substantially changed are eligible.
Last year, the winners were Hyundai Motor Co’s Genesis for the cars and the Ford F-150 for trucks.
This year, the other nominees for the car category were BMW 335d, Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Fusion, Ford Taurus, Honda Insight, Kia Soul, Mazda3, Mercedes-Benz E Class, Porshe Panamera, Subaru Legacy, Suzuki Kizashi, and Toyota Prius.
Nominees for Truck of the Year were Acura ZDX, Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX, Honda Accord Crosstour, Land Rover LR4, Lincoln MKT and Volvo XC60.
U.S. automakers have won the car award eight times, followed by European automakers four times, Japanese automakers three times, and last year’s Korean winner.
In the truck category, U.S. automakers have won 10 times, followed by Japanese manufacturers four times and European companies twice.
The finalists were announced at an Automotive Press Association lunch at the Detroit Athletic Club on Wednesday.