January 10, 2005
2005 North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year announced
Detroit, Michigan – Forty-eight automotive journalists from the United States and
Canada have selected the Chrysler 300/300C as the North American Car of the Year.
The Ford Escape Hybrid was chosen as the North American Truck of the Year.
The winners were announced Sunday at a news conference at the North American
International Auto Show, which is not otherwise involved in the awards.
It was the second year in a row that a hybrid vehicle has been honoured by the
group. Last year the Toyota Prius was the North American Car of the Year.
A hybrid uses an electric motor to boost or temporarily replace a conventional gas
or diesel engine, resulting in reduced emissions and better fuel economy.
Each year since 1994 the jury of automotive journalists representing newspapers,
magazines and television honours a new car and a new truck that set the new standard
in their segments in areas including innovation, value for the dollar, safety, ride
Early in December the journalists voted on 17 new cars and 12 new trucks. The
ballots were sent to Steven Laughman, a partner at the accounting firm of Deloitte &
Touche in Detroit. The names of the finalists were released on December 13th. The
finalists for the North American Car of the Year were the Chrysler 300/300C, the
Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Corvette. The finalists for the North American Truck
of the Year were the Ford Escape Hybrid, the Ford Freestyle and the Land Rover LR3.
Each juror was given 25 points to divide among cars and 25 points to divide among
trucks. However, no more than 10 points may be given to a single car and a single
truck. That means the most points a car or truck could get for 2005 would be 480
The Chrysler 300 got 313 points, the Ford Mustang 256 and the Corvette 108.
The Ford Escape Hybrid got 232 points, the Land Rover LR3 got 163 and the Ford
Here are the vehicles on which the jurors voted:
North American Car of the Year
- Acura RL
- Audi A6
- BMW 6-Series
- Buick LaCrosse
- Cadillac STS
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Chrysler 300/300C
- Dodge Magnum
- Ford Five Hundred
- Ford Mustang
- Honda Accord Hybrid
- Honda Odyssey
- Pontiac G6
- Porsche 911
- Scion tC
- Subaru Legacy
- Volvo S40/V50
North American Truck of the Year
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Dodge Dakota
- Ford Escape Hybrid
- Ford Freestyle
- Ford F-Series Super Duty
- Hyundai Tucson
- Infiniti QX56
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Land Rover LR3
- Nissan Frontier
- Nissan Pathfinder
- Toyota Tacoma
Last year’s North American Car of the Year was the Toyota Prius, while the North
American Truck of the Year was the Ford F-150.
The awards are funded by dues paid by jurors and are administered by a seven-person
organizing committee. For 2005 the members of that committee are Tony Swan (Car and
Driver); John McElroy (Autoline Detroit); John Davis (MotorWeek); Don Chaikin
(Popular Mechanics); Alex Law (Freelance); Mitch McCullough (New Car Test Drive) and
Christopher Jensen (The Plain Dealer).