It looks like the 2013 Cadillac ATS is at it again. The lightweight sport sedan already has scored “Car of the Year” honors from Esquire magazine, the Motor Press Guild, Popular Mechanics and the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, and now it’s claimed the title of Urban Car of the Year in the 2013 Urban Wheel Awards. Entering its 17th year, the annual recognition program was created to “celebrate diversity and inclusion in the automotive industry” and is now the “Official Multicultural Event of the North American International Auto Show” in Detroit.
Also, along with recognizing some of today’s top vehicles (see below), this year’s Urban Wheel Awards will be dedicated to “Honoring Women in the Automotive Industry” and celebrate Jenell Ross, president of Bob Ross Motor Cars, as Pioneer of the Year; long-time auto journalist Kathy Jackson as the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award; and Gail Martin, CEO of the Martin Management dealership group, as the African-American Dealer of the Year.
(To be clear here, although the 2013 Urban Wheel Award winners were recently announced, the gala celebration itself will be held on Jan. 13, 2013, at the Motor City Casino Hotel, in conjunction with the Detroit auto show. Tickets for the Urban Wheels event were still available when this was written; for more info: www.UrbanWheelAwards.com.)