The judges have released their long list of candidates that could be named North American Car and Truck of the Year with the winner will be named at the Detroit Auto Show. The rather extensive list will be pared down prior to the January 2014 show, but among the early contenders for Car of the Year are the Corvette Sting Ray, Jaguar F-Type, Porsche Cayman and Cayman S, and the BMW 4 Series.
Some of the Truck of the Year contenders: The Chevy Silverado, (in my opinion the likely winner), Ford Transit Connect/Wagon, and the Toyota RAV 4.
Ford is recalling more than 33,000 C-Max hybrids to install additional material between the headliner and the roof to increase safety. Involved are hybrids made between January 2012 and late June of 2013. The Detroit News reports that the National Highway Safety Administration found the car did not live up to safety standards when it came to the risk of head injuries. Ford said there have been no reported injuries related to this matter.
Shelby American said 2013 will be the last year of availability for its limited-run series of Shelby GT350 muscle cars. Said President John Luft, “In true Carroll Shelby fashion, we’re planning our next ultimate performance Shelby model.”
The first known national ad about a car appeared at the end of July 1898 in the Scientific American. The Winton Motor Carriage ad said simply, “Dispense with a horse.” The Census Bureau reports that by May 1906 a total of 57 car companies spent over a half million dollars advertising in a dozen national magazines. Today that figure has grown to nearly $95-billion.
Your humble auto writer is taking a few days off and flying to the caffeine capitol of the nation. See you all back here on Saturday August 3 for the weekly road test.