Finalists For North American Car Of The Year And North American Truck/Utility Of The Year Announced

Finalists For North American Car Of The Year And North American Truck/Utility
                            Of The Year Announced

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Dec. 12, 2012

DETROIT, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

The Ford C-Max, Mazda CX-5 and Ram 1500 are the finalists for the 2013 North
American Truck/Utility of the Year.

This 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.

The six finalists were announced today at an Automotive Press Association
luncheon in Detroit.

This is the 20^th 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.

The awards are financed by the jurors' 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.

The jurors voted early in December, sending their ballots directly to Deloitte
& Touche in Detroit.

Today Diane 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.

This begins a second round of voting on the three car and three truck/utility
finalists. Those ballots also go to Deloitte.

The winners will be announced at a news conference on Monday, January 14^th at
the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

While the news conference has always been held at the North American
International Auto Show, the show does not give the awards.

Here are the vehicles on which the jurors voted:

North American Car of the Year
BMW 3 Series
Cadillac ATS
Chevrolet Malibu
Dodge Dart
Ford Fusion
Honda Accord
Lincoln MKZ
Nissan Altima
Scion FR-S
Subaru BRZ
Toyota Avalon

North American Truck/Utility of the Year:
Acura RDX
Audi allroad
BMW X1
Ford C-Max
Ford Escape
Hyundai Santa Fe
Infiniti JX 35
Mazda CX-5
Nissan Pathfinder
Ram 1500

This is the 20th year of the awards. During the past 19 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 twice.

* 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.)

Last year's winners were the Hyundai Elantra and the Range Rover Evoque.

Editor's note: The correct names are "North American Car of the Year" and
"North American Truck/Utility of the Year," not "Car of the Year" or "Truck of
the Year." Logos available at:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/20823370/nactoy%20new%20logos.zip

SOURCE North American Car of the Year Organizing Committee

Website: http://www.northamericancaroftheyear.org
Contact: North American Car of the Year Organizing Committee,
NorthAmericanCaroftheYear@gmail.com, +1-603-869-5453
 
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