Car and Truck of the Year Awards Mean Precisely Squat
So the initial list for finalists for North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOTY...I think) is out, and while half of the entrants are perfectly sound in their place, the other half represent the stupidity and backwards ways of the old automotive press. Here, look at the list(s), and I'll explain why... - BMW 3 Series (BMW) - Cadillac ATS (GM) - Chevrolet Malibu (GM) - Dodge Dart (Chrysler) - Ford Fusion (Ford) - Honda Accord (Honda) - Lincoln MKZ (Ford) - Nissan Altima (Nissan) - Scion FR-S (Toyota) - Subaru BRZ (Fuji) - Toyota Avalon (Toyota) I have previously referenced Frank Bacon, the fictious auto journalist that represents the worst attributes of a lifer in the craft. He is a fat, old white dude, who is whisked from vehicle launch to vehicle launch, being wined and dined by the manufacturers in the process. You can overhear these types at an auto show when they get together. The Bacons compare shrimp and quality of occomodations, not the driving characteristics and build quality of the vehicle they were there to test. These types represent a good deal of the jurors for this award, and they are appointed for life. This has led to its insignificance of the awards. While the list of actual cars on the list is a pretty good one, with some really important new cars, such as the ATS (above), Dart and Fusion (if COTY is not American, I will be SHOCKED), the Trucks list is an utter joke. Check it out: - Acura RDX (Honda) - Audi allroad (VW) - BMW X1 (BMW) - Ford C-Max (Ford) - Ford Escape (Ford) - Hyundai Santa Fe (Hyundai) - Infiniti JX 35 (Nissan) - Mazda CX-5 (Mazda) - Nissan Pathfinder (Nissan) - Ram 1500 (Chrysler)
These old, crotchety has-beens refuse to create a third category for crossovers; the largest and most burgeoning segment in the automotive marketplace. Is essence, they have let their award lose significance. Every added year that cars like the C-Max (above) or Audi Allroad are on a list for Trucks, the more the award becomes a joke. Cars are chancing at a rapid pace. In-car nav systems, new touchscreen interfaces, and the capabilites of bluetooth, are all areas that are the realm of a younger automotive journalist. You wouldn't expect your grandfather to know how to use an iPad, so how to do you expect someone his age to write you succinct review on the new Cadillac User Experience, MyFord Touch, Chrysler Uconnect, BMW iDrive, Lexus Enform, or Mercedes-Benz COMAND.
You shouldn't. You should either take the COTY awards with the biggest grain of salt.
PHOTOS: 2013 Cadillac ATS