Chevy tops North American Car/Truck of Year nominees with 5

BY GERRY MILES

The North American Car and Truck of the Year jurors have released their long list of early contenders for the 2014 top spots.

Among the candidates for the two prestigious annual awards are:

  • 5 Chevrolets (Corvette, Impala, Spark EV, SS, Silverado)
  • 4 Mercedes-Benz’s  (B-Class, CLA-Class, E-Class, S-Class)
  • 3 Kias (Cadenza, Forte Soul)
    2 Mazdas (6, 3)
  • 2 Cadillacs (CTS, ELR)
  • 2 Fiats (500L, 500E)

In the truck category there were far fewer multiple nominees.

Nissan had two entrants:

  • Rogue
  • NV200

while Toyota had 3:

  • 4Runner
  • Tundra
  • RAV4

The new Chevrolet Corvette and Cadillac ELR are both early candidates in the car category; the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram 2500 and 2500 and Ford Transit Connect are all early considerations in the truck and utility category.

The jurors in December will narrow the list to five for cars and for trucks and utilities. A winner from each category will be announced during the North American International Auto Show in January.

To be eligible for the competition, a vehicle must have been substantially changed from the previous model and must go on sale shortly after the announcement of the award. Cars must have “reasonably foreseeable” North American sales of 5,000 for cars or 2,000 for trucks.

The Cadillac ATS was chosen North American Car of the Year in 2013 and the Ram 1500 won the honors of Truck/Utility.

2014 NACTOY nominees

The North American Car and Truck of the Year jurors have announced their long list of candidates for the 2014 awards. Here is the list. Note: all are 2014 model year vehicles.
Cars

Acura RLX
BMW 4 Series
Cadillac CTS
Cadillac ELR
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Spark EV
Chevy SS
Fiat 500L
Fiat 500E
Honda Fit EV
Infiniti Q50
Jaguar F-Type
Kia Cadenza
Kia Forte
Kia Soul
Lexus IS
Maserati Ghibli
Mazda3
Mazda6
Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mini Paceman
Mitsubishi Mirage
Nissan Versa Note
Porsche Cayman/Cayman S
Smart fortwo electric
Toyota Corolla
Trucks/utility vehicles
 Acura MDX
BMW X5
Buick Encore
Chevrolet Silverado
Ford Transit Connect/Wagon
GMC Sierra
Hyundai Santa Fe (long wheelbase)
Jeep Cherokee
Kia Sorento
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Nissan NV200 Compact
Ram 2500/3500
Subaru Forester
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Tundra
Toyota RAV4

Source: North American Car and Truck of the Year.

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