Car, truck, utility of the year finalists named

Car, truck, utility of the year finalists named

GM, Ford, FCA, Hyundai, Volvo, Honda, Nissan, Jaguar, Mazda all have finalist contenders.

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November 16, 2016

Los Angeles, California – Finalists for 2017 North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) were announced Tuesday at Automobility L.A., the conference that pre-cedes the Los Angeles auto show. The winner will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, in January.

The finalists are:

The North American Car and Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards honor excellence in innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value. Initiated in 1994, they are judged about 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work for magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites. They are the longest-running award not associated with a specific publication, a structure that produces a diverse base of jurors.

Jurors evaluated dozens of new vehicles that went on sale this year to determine the finalists.

The award for Utility Vehicle of the Year is new for 2017, in recognition of the growing popularity of SUV-style vehicles. Passenger-oriented minivans are also eligible for Utility of the Year. Vehicles eligible for Truck of the Year include pickups of all sizes and light- and medium-duty commercial vans.

Source: North American Car of the Year