Domestics Sweep 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards

 Domestics Sweep 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2013

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Domestic automakers
dominated as the Cadillac ATS took the 2013 North American Car of the Year and
the Ram 1500 won the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

The winners were revealed Monday morning at a news conference at the North
American International Auto Show.

The winners were chosen by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from the United
States and Canada.

The awards – now in their 20^th year - are unique in the United States because
instead of being given by a single media outlet they are awarded by a group of
automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent
magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites.

The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the
year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors
including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction
and value for the dollar.

The jurors gave the ATS 207 points, the Accord 159 points and the Fusion 124
points.

It was the first win for Cadillac ATS and the fifth car win for General
Motors. The Cadillac CTS was a finalist in 2008.

The jurors gave the Ram 1500 261 points, the CX-5 142 points and the C-Max 87
points.

It was the third truck win for Chrysler. The Dodge Ram 1500 won in 1994.

Domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year 11 times. Japanese
automakers have won three times. European automakers have won four times. A
Korean automaker (Hyundai) has won twice.

Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year 13 times.
Japanese automakers have won four times. European automakers have won three
times.

To be eligible a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. The jurors
considered dozens of new vehicles before sending their ballots to Michelle
Collins, a partner at Deloitte & Touche early in December.

On December 12th the three car and truck finalists were announced. But only
Ms. Collins knew the winners until she handed over envelopes today to Michelle
Krebs, a juror and Editor-at-Large for Edmunds.com.

The awards were inspired by the "Car of the Year" in Europe.

They are administered by an organizing committee and are funded with dues paid
by the jurors. There are no paid positions. Automakers do not pay to have
their vehicles considered or to use the awards in ads.

The "2012 North American Car of the Year" was the Hyundai Elantra.

Last year's "2012 North American Truck of the Year" was the Land Rover Range
Rover Evoque.

To download logos go here:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/20823370/nactoy%20new%20logos.zip

MORE INFORMATION: More information on the awards -- including names of the
jurors, previous finalists and winners -- is available at:
www.northamericancaroftheyear.org.

Note to editors: The correct name is "North American Car of the Year" and
"North American Truck/Utility of the Year," not "Car of the Year" or
"Truck/Utility of the Year."

SOURCE North American Car of the Year Organizing Committee

Website: http://www.northamericancaroftheyear.org
Contact: Christopher Jensen, +1-603-991-5149
 
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