Bolt, G90, Ridgeline, Titan, CX-9, F-Pace among finalists.
The jurors behind the North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) Awards have named the awards’ finalists for this year. The annual awards, presented since 1994, are voted on by 60 automotive journalists from print, digital, radio, and television disciplines. This year for the first time, the awards include a Utility of the Year category in recognition of “the growing popularity of SUV-style vehicles.”
The 2017 Car of the Year finalists are the Chevy Bolt electric car, Genesis G90 luxury sedan, and Volvo S90 luxury sedan. For the Truck segment, NACTOY jurors selected the Ford F-Series Super Duty, Honda Ridgeline, and Nissan Titan as finalists. And in the new Utility category, finalists comprise the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, Jaguar F-Pace crossover, and Mazda CX-9 crossover.
NACTOY jurors pick a large number of vehicles that are eligible for the awards in June of each year and, over three rounds of voting, reduce that number to the finalists. The awards are based on, “excellence in innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction, and value.”
The 2016 NACTOY winners were the Honda Civic and the Volvo XC90, in the Car and Truck segments, respectively.
The NACTOY winners will be announced on January 9 at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.