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North American Car And Truck Of The Year Nominees

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On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 4:59PM | By: David Walter


North American Car And Truck Of The Year Nominees

The nominees for the North American Car and Truck of the Year were announced today. The list this year consists of 24 total vehicles—17 cars and seven trucks. Both winners will undoubtedly flaunt their prestigious award with millions of dollars’ worth of advertising, and why not? It certainly sounds good—“the North American Car (or Truck) of the Year”—but what does it mean?

That the winning vehicles were the absolute greatest and best car and truck of the entire year? Possibly.

About 50 U.S. and Canadian automotive journalists serve as judges for the “NACTOY.” Qualified people, for sure. “So why are you second guessing?” you may be wondering. Well, check out the list of nominees and we’ll meet back up afterwards.

North American Car of the Year Nominees

Audi A6

Audi A7

Buick Verano

Chevrolet Sonic

Chrysler 300 (includes SRT8)

Fiat 500

Ford Focus

Hyundai Accent

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Veloster

Kia Rio/Rio5

Scion iQ

Subaru Impreza

Toyota Camry

Toyota Prius V

VW Beetle

VW Passat

North American Truck of the Year Nominees

BMW X3

Honda CR-V

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

MINI Countryman

Nissan Quest

Saab 9-4X

Did you notice anything strange? Hint: take another look at the truck nominees. Not only are there no “real” trucks on the list, but the MINI Countryman is.

The Countryman? ...a truck?

Jalopnik feels the same. They also poke fun at the NACTOYs, remembering 1995 and 2001 when (respectively) the Chrysler Cirrus and PT Cruiser (beating out the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight) were named North American Car of the Year.

So why aren’t any actual trucks on the truck nominees list? According to Motor Authority, a vehicle must be “all new” or “substantially changed” from the previous model in order to be eligible. So perhaps the award should be called the “North American New Car (or Truck) of the Year.”

I don’t mean to discredit the award, the winners or the roughly 50 automotive journalists—it just seems like a deceptive title, you know? Maybe I’m wrong. Last year’s winners were the Chevy Volt and the (newer Taurus-based) Ford Explorer. Not terrible choices, I suppose…

… but the Cirrus? Cirrus-ly? (Sorry.)

Winners of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards will be announced at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January.




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