Autosavant Survey: North American Car and Truck of the Year

By Charles Krome

The annual North American Car and Truck of the Year honors offer a unique take on the whole trophy business. Instead of being awarded by just a single media outlet or company, it’s a group of 49 journalists from across the U.S. and Canada that select the winners here. And while that won’t happen until just before the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the finalists for the awards were announced today during an American Press Association luncheon.

The previous award winners were the Ford Transit Connect and Ford Fusion Hybrid.  This year, there won’t be a sweep by any manufacturer, though it’s a certainty that a Detroit-based automaker will win the truck award.  Interestingly, the Grand Cherokee and Durango are platform-mates, and the Volt and LEAF are in many ways competing for the very same buyers.

The cars:

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Sonata/2.0T/Hybrid
Nissan LEAF

The trucks:

Dodge Durango
Ford Explorer
Jeep Grand Cherokee

What are your thoughts?  Which of the finalists will take home the prize?  Have your say in the comments below.

Author: Charles Krome

Charles Krome is a long-time automotive journalist who spent more than 10 years on the inside at General Motors and Ford, and also has corporate communications experience with Audi, Porsche and BASF Automotive Refinish. As a big motorsports fan growing up in the Detroit area, Krome was lucky enough to be able to attend numerous NASCAR, Indy car, F1 and SCCA events while still in his formative years. This, combined with a childhood that included significant (passenger) seat time in cars from Lotus and Jensen Healey, made him a car guy at an earlier age. Today, he lives in metro Detroit with his car wife, raising car kids.

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  1. The winner for COTY is Chevy Volt which is a massive technical achievement. However the Leaf will come in as a close second as a true electric vehicle.

    The TOTY is somewhat blah. They are old technology, very 20th century products.

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