The finalists for the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year are already known following an Automotive Press Association luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club. The finalists for the 2014 North American Car of the Year are: the Cadillac CTS, Mazda3 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The finalists for the 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year are: the Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Silverado and Acura MDX.
The six finalists were selected by an independent jury of 48 auto journalists from 11 cars and 12 truck and utility vehicles. To be eligible for the award, a vehicle must be redesigned or substantially changed and be launched during 2013. Six carmakers had multiple entries.
General Motors had six: the Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Impala and Silverado, GMC Sierra and Buick Encore. Toyota Motor Sales had three: Toyota Corolla and Tundra and Lexus IS. Hyundai-Kia also had three: the Kia Cadenza and Sorento, and the Hyundai Santa Fe LWB.
Nissan North America had two: Nissan Rogue and Infiniti Q50. BMW also had two nominees: 4 Series and X5. Other carmakers having two entries are Jaguar-Land Rover with its Jaguar F-Type and Land Rover Range Rover Sport, and Mazda with its Mazda3 and Mazda6. Other nominees included American Honda’s Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz’s CLA, Chrysler Group’s Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Forester.
The 2013 North American Car of the Year was the Cadillac ATS while the 2013 North American Truck of the Year was the Ram 1500. Since its inception in 1994, Ford and GM each have gained eight accolades. Other multiple winners include Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Hyundai. The 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year will be announced Jan. 13, 2014 during a press conference before the Detroit auto show press days.