The Chevrolet Malibu was chosen by this year's media jury from a field of 15 cars and 13 trucks.

Mazda CX-9 wins truck award

At the start of the North American International Auto Show the North American Car and Truck of the Year were announced. GM has won its second consecutive NACotY award with the new Chevrolet Malibu, last year the Saturn Auro took home the prize.

“This award is the result of our intensive efforts to put a renewed emphasis on design, execution and craftsmanship into our cars and trucks,” said Bob Lutz, GM vice chairman. “We’re honored that both automotive journalists and consumers are recognizing our efforts.”

Mazda has taken home the coveted North American Truck of the Year award for the CX-9. This is the first time that Mazda wins the award. “This truly is an honor,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. “Since we brought CX-9 to market, it’s been a hit with media, customers and dealers alike.”

A jury of 45 automotive journalists from the USA and Canada made the decision based on several factors, like innovation, handling, performance,safety and driver satisfaction. The Malibu beat 14 other cars to win while the CX-9 had 12 competitors for the trophee.

Chevrolet Malibu is North American Car of the Year