The judges have winnowed down the list of candidates for North American Car/Truck/Utility vehicle of the Year from 44 to 29 semifinalists. As always, the top prizes will be announced at next year’s Detroit Auto Show, but what is different this time around is that Sport Utility Vehicles will get their own category. GM has the most vehicles on the remaining list with seven followed by Hyundai/Kia with four.
Making the cut for Car of the Year were:
Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman
Toyota Prius Prime
Utility Vehicle of the Year Nominees:
Truck of the Year Nominees:
Ford F-Series Super Duty
Ford F-150 Raptor
Nissan Titan (½ ton)
Here are my early predictions:
Car of the Year will be the Acura NSX, while the GMC Acadia will capture the SUV category. The Truck of the Year is a tough call, with the Nissan Titan edging out the others in a close race.
GM is offering buyouts to about 400 smaller dealers ahead of a new incentive program that takes effect on New Year’s Day. Automotive News says smaller dealers may not be allowed to have new cars in their showrooms but only take orders on line. Those dealers represent less than 10 percent of Cadillac’s business and sell less than 50 of the branded vehicles a year. In virtually all cases, they also offer other GM brands.
Just an update on an earlier story… Members of a larger Canadian auto workers union have approved a new four year contract with General Motors. Talks are continuing with Fiat Chrysler.