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North American Car Of The Year Finalists Announced

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On: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 11:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


North American Car Of The Year Finalists Announced

The panel of 50 journalists that has a say in such things has released its finalists for the North American Car of the Year. The Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat are all vying for the award on the car side. Over in the truck department, the BMW X3, the Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque are the three finalists.

The finalists represent all of the major auto manufacturing regions: Asia, Europe and North America. Past winners have represented this global affiliation, with 10 having come from North America, four from Europe, three from Japan and one from Korea. On the truck side, North American vehicles have won 12 awards, Japanese vehicles four and Europeans two.

The panel of journalists that get to vote for the NA Car of the Year hail from all facets of automotive media--magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites. They will vote for their #1 car and truck, with an announcement to come on January 9 at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The actual awards will be given at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April.

Last year, the Chevy Volt and Ford F-150 took home honors.

The three finalists in the car category were selected from a group of 17 semi-finalists. They beat out such cars as the Audi A7, Chrysler 300/SRT-8, Fiat 500 and Toyota Prius V. The trucks were pulled from a smaller pool of seven, which included the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Mini Countryman, Nissan Quest and Saab 9-4X.

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2012 NACTOY Finalists Announced

DETROIT, - Fifty automotive journalists have selected the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat as the three finalists for the 2012 North American Car of the Year.

The finalists for the 2012 North American Truck of the Year are the BMW X3, the Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

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

The awards 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 web sites. The awards are financed by the jurors’ dues and NACTOY does not accept advertising from automakers.

To be eligible a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. After considering dozens of vehicles this year the jurors finally voted on 17 cars and seven trucks.

Earlier this month jurors sent their ballots to Michelle Collins, a partner at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Today Ms. Collins handed over envelopes containing the names of the finalists (listed in alphabetical order) to Karl Brauer, a member of the awards’ organizing committee and the Editor-in-Chief for Total Car Score.

This begins a second round of voting on the three car and three truck finalists. Those ballots also go to Ms. Collins who will be the only one who knows the winners until she hands over the envelopes on January 9th at 7:15 am at the Michigan Stage at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

While the news conference is being held at the North American International Auto Show the show does not give the awards.

Also, the correct name is “North American Car of the Year” and “North American Truck of the Year,” not “Car of the Year” or “Truck of the Year.”

Last year the 2011 North American Car of the Year was the Chevrolet Volt and the 2011 North American Truck of the Year was the Ford Explorer.

This is the 19th year of the awards. During the past 18 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 once.

* Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year 12 times. Japanese automakers have won four times. European automakers have won twice.

The awards are administered by a six-person organizing committee. This year its members are Karl Brauer (Total Car Score); Marc Lachapelle (MSN Autos US, Le Guide de l'auto); Tony Swan (Car and Driver); Lindsay Brooke (Automotive Engineering International); Mark Phelan (The Detroit Free Press) and Christopher Jensen (Freelance).

Below are the vehicles on which the jurors voted.

North American Car of the Year:
Audi A6
Audi A7
Buick Verano
Chevrolet Sonic
Chrysler 300/SRT-8
Fiat 500
Ford Focus
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Veloster
Kia Rio/Rio 5
Scion iQ
Subaru Impreza
Toyota Camry
Toyota Prius V
VW Beetle
VW Passat

North American Truck of the Year:
BMW X3
Honda CR-V
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mini Countryman
Nissan Quest
Saab 9-4X




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Stephy21 | 9:06AM (Tue, Dec 20, 2011)

Very cool news cant to hear who is the winner.



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