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Finalists for the 2018 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year Awards have been named

Before the beginning of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the finalists of the annual 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards have been announced by the jurors. And we now have a list of the finalists in each category of the honors. But before we share with you the list, know that the winners will be revealed by the organization of automotive journalists at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2018.

For Car of the Year, the finalists are as follows: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Kia Stinger. To recall, the 2016’s finalists were the Chevrolet Bolt, the Genesis G90 and Volvo S90, with the Bolt receiving the award. If you notice, this year’s candidates are some of the more common vehicles and also more affordable.

For Utility of the Year, finalists for this year include Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Honda Odyssey, and Volvo XC60. This is actually one of the newest categories that the jurors created. This was only added to the list last year. In 2016, the finalists were the Chrysler Pacifica, Jaguar F-Pace, and Mazda CX-9. The Pacifica was named the winner.

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Subaru Impreza is named 2016-2017 Car of the Year Japan

Subaru Impreza is a car that has been remarkable and stunning with both its looks and performance. This was recently confirmed when the 2017 Subaru Impreza hogged the limelight by winning the prestigious Car of the Year Japan for the year 2016-2017.

This was the decision of a large panel of personalities in the Japanese motoring world, consisting of journalists, industry experts and racing drivers. Nominees for the 2016–2017 Car of the Year Japan Awards include all passenger cars that were officially announced or launched in Japan between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016. These passenger cars should have minimum projected sales of 500 units. The Awards also include the Import Car of the Year accolade, with further prizes handed out in the Innovation, Emotional, and Small Mobility categories. Subaru was last awarded with the Car of the Year Japan honor in 2003, courtesy of its Subaru Legacy sedan.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is underpinned by the brand’s new Global Platform architecture that allows the car to have high levels of agility, driving pleasure, ride comfort and crash protection. Like its predecessors, the 2017 Impreza comes with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that aids with the vehicle’s traction and driving agility. Moreover, the 2017 Subaru Impreza marks the debut of Subaru’s new design language that provides the car with a more sculptural body. The model is also provided with hawk-eye headlights and Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille. Its athletic stance is highlighted by flowing lines and the car’s outstanding wheel arches.

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Opel Astra is named 2016 Car of the Year at Geneva Motor Show

The new 2016 Opel Astra has been hailed "Car of the Year (COTY) 2016" as it has received 309 points from a competent jury of 58 automotive journalists coming from 22 European countries. The Volvo XC90 and the Mazda MX-5 lagged behind the Opel Astra with 294 and 202 points respectively.

Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann received the award presented by COTY President Hakan Matson on the first press day of the most-awaited 86th Geneva International Motor Show. The Opel Astra emerged victorious from seven finalists and over 40 contenders from various car segments.

According to Neumann, the Opel Astra signifies a new era for Opel and its victory indicates that things are going well for the company, saying that receiving such recognition is an honor. In its past eight editions, three Opel vehicles have won the prestigious award.

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Volkswagen Passat is 2015 Car of the Year in Europe

The new Volkswagen Passat has earned the distinction to be called as the “Car of the Year 2015” in Europe, as presented every year by the international “Car of the Year” jury. For this year, the accolade was announced a day before the Geneva International Motor Show.

Martin Winterkorn, chief executive of Volkswagen AG, remarked during the awarding ceremony that the carmaker is extremely proud of the accolade. He quipped that the new Passat proved the carmaker’s success in developing a car that could set new class standards in terms of technology and quality. He commented that the accolade confirms the work of VW engineers, designers and its entire team. He added that the new Passat demonstrates that the VW brand has the right answers to the challenges of the current time.

The “Car of the Year 2015” accolade was received by Member of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Brand, for the Development Division. He remarked that the brand is delighted by the award, which he says has special significance for the carmaker as it was given by independent international trade journalists.

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Mazda announced that its recently unveiled 2015 Mazda2 just won the Japan’s Car of the Year award. According to the press release, it was a hard ‘battle’ between the Mazda2 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but the Japanese hatchback managed to win the award by 19 votes. BMW i3 took the third place, while the Subaru Levorg finished 4th, ahead of the Suzuki Hustler.

“With the Mazda2, we have rewritten the rule book for compact cars. Our new Skyactiv technology, excellent mileage, reasonable pricing and unique design all contributed to our victory today,” commented Mazda’s EVP, Kiyoshi Fujiwara.

Moreover, the BMW i3 won the ‘Innovation Award’, while the Honda N-WGN received the ‘Small Mobility Award’.

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If it’s not a Volkswagen, then it is an Audi! As a result, the 2014 World Car of the Year is the Audi A3, the well-known premium compact bestseller from the German carmaker owned by Volkswagen Group. Of course, Audi is not a stranger to this award as it won the inaugural 2005 World Car of the Year title, but also three World Performance Car titles in 2010, 2008 and 2007, and two World Car Design of the Year titles in 2008 and 2007.

Back in 2013, the Volkswagen Golf was the car that won the same title, while in 2012 Volkswagen Up! surprized us all. In 2011, the Nissan Leaf was the lucky winner, but in 2010 Volkswagen’s Polo was the leader, while 2009 saw the Volkswagen Golf. The Mazda2/Demio received the same title in 2008, a year ahead of the Lexus LS460 which was the winner in 2007.

The BMW 3-Series received this award in 2006. As we said, the inaugural title was received by the Audi A6, back in 2005. If the Audi A3 was this year’s winner, the German cars dominated the rest of the titles.

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The new Peugeot 308 has been named as 2014 ‘Car of the Year,’ as awarded by a jury of 58 journalists coming from 22 European countries. Around new 30 models that are now on sale from carmakers in North America, South Korea, Japan and Europe during 2013 were eligible for the 2014 ‘Car of the Year’ crown.

The jury selected seven finalist models that pre-selected in December and the new Peugeot 308 came out on top to receive the accolade. The new 308 is the fourth Peugeot model to receive the ‘Car of the Year’ award, following the 307 (2002), 405 (1988) and 504 (1969).

Build in Sochaux, France, the new 308 was rolled out in in Europe during the last four months of 2013 and in the United Kingdom in January this year. Peugeot will start its production and sales in China in early 2015.

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Today, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Silverado 1500 kissed shook their “hands” and kissed each other as the vehicle got the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the year. For those who don’t know, this is the first time Chevrolet won both awards in the same year. Back in 2007 the Chevrolet Silverado was named Truck of the Year while the Corvette was named Car of the Year back in 1998.

T2014 Corvette Stingray received 211 points, while the Mazda3 got 185 points and the Cadillac CTS only 94 points. Meanwhile, Silverado received 219 points, topping the Jeep Cherokee with 174 points and the Acura MDX with 97 points. The 2014 Corvette Stingray was introduced alst year and is the most powerful standard model ever, with 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque delivered by the 6.2-liter V8.

Silverado is available with a 5.3-liter EcoTec V8 engine that generates 365 hp and can switch to four-cylinder to save fuel during light-load driving. The 2014 Silverado has an EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 23 mpg.

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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.

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Green Car Journal has named the Honda Accord as the Green Car of the Year for 2013. According to Ron Cogan, editor of the Green Car Journal, the Accord got the award mainly because it offers high fuel economy ratings for gasoline, gasoline-battery hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. "This year's winner offers something for everyone," Cogan said.

There were five finalists: the Accord, the Audi A6 TDI, the BMW 328d, the Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla. It was also the second straight year that the winning car was a top-selling sedan that offered US consumers with gasoline, gasoline-battery hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.

The Green Car of the Year for 2012 was the Ford Fusion. Mike Accavitti, head of automotive operations for American Honda, remarked that the award is an obvious selling point for the Accord.

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A bungled launch of the Lincoln MKZ cost the Ford Fusion-derived luxury car the honor of being named one of the nominees for the 2014 North American Car of the Year. It could have eased the agony that the Lincoln went through just to be able to launch the car.

Four months passed before Lincoln finally had the chance to roll out the MKZ, no thanks to parts shortages as well as quality issues. The Lincoln MKZ was originally planned for launch last fall and Ford ran an aggressive successful campaign to have it on the ballot for the 2013 North American Car of the Year award.

But not for 2014, and the bungled launch was all to blame. Lincoln only managed to sell a few units in December, and it took until spring before the MKZ started posting significant sales. According to Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press auto critic and a member of the panel of automotive journalists that gives the award, the rule is that a vehicle cannot be on the ballot twice.

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Are you a fan of historic motoring? Then you have a chance to vote online for the Car of the Year in the 2013 International Historic Motoring Awards. Last day of voting is on October 31, 2013. Fans and enthusiasts only have to select one from a list of very special historic cars that have made the news in the past year.

The 2011 edition of the accolade went to one of the two surviving examples of the Type 64 Rekordwagen, considered as Porsche’s first-ever model. In 2012, the award went to the ‘Birkin’ Bentley that managed to set a world record for a British car at auction when it fetched around £5 million. For this year, the nominees include the Mercedes-Benz W196, which made it to the list after suddenly making a public appearance in 2013 after being hidden away for years.

The Bugatti 57SC Aerolithe recreation is also nominated, although it is not the long lost original car. It has been exhibited around the world this year. The iconic Porsche 911 RSR made it to the list after grabbing headlines for its full restoration this year. The record-breaking Blue Bird V: Malcolm Campbell also made the list of nominees after making star appearances at Goodwood and the National Motor Museum.

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Hyundai’s HCD-14 Genesis Concept was named as the “Concept Car of the Year” for 2013 at the 12th annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. It was also named as the “Most Significant Concept of the Year” for getting the highest score among the category winning concepts. HCD-14 previewed Hyundai’s design direction for its future premium vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year.

The award marks the second time that Hyundai has received an award. Its Genesis Coupe was named as the “Production Preview Concept Vehicle of the Year” in 2008 for the Genesis Coupe. According to juror Bob Kroupa, one of the Principals of the Automotive Writers Group, Hyundai’s HCD-14 “introduces future premium vehicle design, advanced 3-D gesture-based technology controls and spirited driving dynamics.”

He noted that the concept’s rear hinged back doors and fastback coupe design, “add to the WOW factor.” The “Concept Car” category acknowledges vehicles designed for carrying passengers. The HCD-14 Genesis topped this highly competitive category, beating other concepts like the Honda EV-STER and Toyota Corolla Furia. The HCD-14 Genesis gained recognition for its state-of-the-art features and improved driver experience.

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The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was acclaimed as the ‘World Car of the Year 2013’ by an international expert at the ongoing 2013 New York International Auto Show. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, remarked that they are delighted that the Golf was named ‘World Car of the Year.’

He quipped that the award shows that the Golf is and remains in “a class of its own” around the world. He noted that the Golf set new benchmarks again and again in terms of efficiency and environmental credentials.

He further remarked that the Golf will be launched as a plug-in hybrid and as a 100% electric car. The Volkswagen has been one of the established motoring features around world, being around for about 30 years. The ‘World Car of the Year 2013’ award marks the seventh-generation Golf’s 17th award since it was rolled out in November 2012.

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Volkswagen Golf won as the 2013 European Car of the Year, easily beating the Mercedes-Benz A class (which only earned fifth place). Apparently, European automotive journalists really like the Golf. The runner-up to the Golf was the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ with 202 votes compared to the 414 for the Golf. Coming in at third place is the Volvo V40, with 189 votes.

Ranked fourth is the Ford B-Max (with 148 votes) and this was followed by the A class (with 138 votes). At No. 6, there’s the Renault Clio with 128 votes (which is only eight votes higher than its main rival, the Peugeot 208). The Hyundai i30 is the last finisher among the eight finalists with 111 votes.

However, it’s not likely that Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche will have to be concerned that sales of the new A class will suffer.

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The new Golf 7 has been crowned European Car of the Year 2013! With 414 votes, the Golf 7 overtook other vehicles such as the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ, but also the Volvo V40 who took the third place. The Ford B-Max followed closely, but the biggest surprise is that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class was ranked fifth.

For those who don’t know, this is the second time the Volkswagen Golf took the European Car of the Year award. The MK3 Golf took the award back in 1992. The Volkswagen Golf represents the most successful car in Europe and the Golf 7 has been further perfected.

The car features as standard the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that slows the vehicle down automatically after a bad accident so as to reduce the remaining kinetic energy, thus avoiding more subsequent collisions.

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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.

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The Insignia is the foremost Opel to win in 22 years but General Motors' European company has been runner-up four times and in 2007 the Opel Corsa lost by just two points to the Ford S-Max.

Ford has won the award five times but this is the second time it has lost by just one point. This year's slim victory underscores the high level of competition this year, which has 37 original participants with seven finalists.

Of the 59 car of the Year judges representing a cross section of 23 European countries, 20 gave the Insignia top points, while 19 put the Fiesta in primary place. Opel has defined Insignia design as creativity with German exactness: best values at a reasonable price.

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The 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards will be announced on Jan. 11 and we've learned that two Ford Motor Co. vehicles and two from General Motors Co. are on the short list of finalists.

The car finalists are the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf. The Ford Transit Connect, Chevrolet Equinox and Subaru Outback round out the six vehicles to make it through the latest round of voting. 

The winners, which will be decided by 49 automotive journalists in the United States and Canada, will be announced at the Detroit auto show.

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In a very close fight, the VW Polo narrowly edges out the Toyota iQ to be named the Car of the Year 2010. The final voting, which was participated in by European car journalists who had 33 cars to choose from, earned 347 points for the VW Polo over 337 for the Toyota iQ.

In particular, the Polo received 59 scoring votes in total from the 59-strong judging panel, including 25 selections as the number one car. On the other hand, the iQ received 58 votes, with 20 selections as the best car.

From the 33 initial cars, a shortlist of seven cars was determined. A total of 59 European judges made their selection. Each judge has 25 points to allocate as they see fit but they chose under the condition that at least five contenders must receive points. The rules also say that the chosen winner must receive more points than the runners-up.

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