As the world’s automakers prepare to descend on Detroit for the North American International Auto Show in January, a handful of those companies are now making room in their trophy cases in hopes of taking home one of the industry’s top prizes: The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards, which will be presented during the annual automotive extravaganza in the Motor City. (And more specifically, they'll be presented on Jan. 14, 2013.)
The two awards are chosen by an expert panel of American and Canadian auto journalists, and are distinguished by a notable lack of corporate backing. As a result, the recognitions are, in theory, supported by independent analysis that’s unsullied by the need to please big sponsors. This year’s choices will please green customers, however, since all six finalists showcase superior efficiency performance.
And those finalists are, for the North American Car of the Year Award, the 2013 Cadillac ATS, 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Honda Accord; battling it out for the title of North American Truck/Utility of the Year are the 2013 Ford C-MAX, 2013 Mazda CX-5 and 2013 RAM 1500.