A jury of automotive journalists has named the Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 as 2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year respectively. The Cadillac ATS bested fellow 2013 North American Car of the Year finalists Ford Fusion and Honda Accord to grab the plum, while the Ram 1500 won over the Ford C-Max and Mazda CX-5 in the Truck of the Year finals.
The car of the year accolade received by the ATS marks the first for Cadillac and fifth for General Motors. For the third time, Chrysler Group grabbed the Truck of the Year plum. In a statement, Bob Ferguson, GM vice president, global Cadillac, remarked that the accolade was a meaningful honor for the entire Cadillac team, including those involved in building the ATS in Lansing, Michigan, as well as their designers and engineer. He quipped the ATS is the result of incredible commitment and focus – “the only method for creating a great performing luxury car.”
The decisions for the awards were handed by 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada, representing magazines, newspapers, Web sites, TV and radio. They have to judge the entry vehicles according to innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.
Seven carmakers had multiple nominees for the awards. Ford Motor Co. had four nominees -- the Ford Fusion, Escape and C-Max and the Lincoln MKZ. Nissan North America had three -- the Nissan Altima and Pathfinder and the Infiniti JX35. General Motors had two -- the Cadillac ATS and Chevrolet Malibu, while Toyota Motor Sales also had two -- Toyota Avalon and Scion FR-S.
Chrysler Group had Dodge Dart and Ram 1500 pickup; American Honda had Honda Accord and Acura RDX; and BMW had the 3 series and X1. Other entries for the awards were the Subaru BRZ, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Santa Fe and Audi Allroad. Hyundai won the North American Car of the Year award in 2012 with the Elantra, and in 2009 with the Genesis.