The finalists are in for 2019 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year. This year, the field of semi-finalists included 14 models in the car category, 12 utilities and three trucks. They were whittled down to three finalists in each segment, except for the truck category which had three semi-finalists. The awards will be handed out in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Janaury 14.
“This year brought us some impressive sedan options. Car sales remain an important part of the available choices to consumers even as sales in the segment continue to fall,” said NACTOY President Lauren Fix. “We are always looking for a game-changer, something that stands out in a crowd, and strikes a positive chord with buyers. The finalists will all be impressive options to consider.”
The utility vehicle category consisting of SUVs is the most competitive in the current SUV-hungry market.
“The utility class is the most hotly contested of our categories,” said NACTOY Secretary-Treasurer Kirk Bell. “Contenders range from game-changing electrics to mainstream brands that have upped their game to luxury brands that are pushing the envelope. Our winner in this class will face the stiffest competition in the auto industry’s hottest market.”
Trucks are hot sellers this year as well.
“Full-size trucks are the financial engines that power the auto industry, and this year, we’re fortunate to have three great new ones to consider,” said NACTOY Vice President Chris Paukert. “From a new mild hybrid system to a carbon fiber bed and a Swiss Army knife-like tailgate, this year’s truck crop is packed with customer-friendly innovations.”
Jurors evaluated the finalists based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The process started in June 2018 by determining vehicle eligibility and includes three rounds of voting. Jurors voted on the finalists after gathering in Ypsilanti, Michigan in October to test drive the semifinalist vehicles.
Here are your finalists:
CAR OF THE YEAR-
- Genesis G70 – Car Pro Review
- Honda Insight
- Volvo S60/V60
UTILITY OF THE YEAR-
TRUCK OF THE YEAR-
Now in their 25th year, the awards are unique because they are selected by a jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.
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