December 16, 2003

North American Car and Truck of the Year finalists announced

Detroit, Michigan – A group of American and Canadian automotive journalists has selected the Cadillac XLR, Mazda RX-8 and Toyota Prius as the finalists for the North American Car of the Year, while the Cadillac SRX, the Ford F-150 and Nissan Titan are finalists for the North American Truck of the Year.

The awards are given by 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.

The winners will be announced at 10:45 a.m. on January 4th at the North American International Auto Show.

The awards – first given in 1994 – are designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. To be eligible vehicles must be “all new” or “substantially changed” from the previous model.

The jurors represent publications such as the Toronto Star, Car and Driver magazine, AutoWeek, The Chicago Tribune, MotorWeek, The Washington Post, USA Today, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Road & Track magazine, the San Jose Mercury News, Consumer Guide, the Boston Globe, Automotive News, Popular Mechanics and Fortune.

Last year’s North American Car of the Year was the Mini Cooper, while the North American Truck of the Year was the Volvo XC90.

North American Car of the Year nominees are:

  • Acura RSX
  • Acura TL
  • Audi A8 L
  • BMW 5-Series
  • Cadillac XLR
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chrysler Crossfire
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Jaguar XJ8/XJR
  • Mazda RX-8
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Nissan Quest
  • Pontiac GTO
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Scion xB
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Volkswagen Phaeton

    North American Truck of the Year nominees are:

  • BMW X3
  • Cadillac SRX
  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • Chevrolet SSR
  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford F-150
  • GMC Canyon
  • Infiniti FX35/45
  • Lexus RX 330
  • Nissan Pathfinder Armada
  • Nissan Titan
  • Porsche Cayenne S/ Cayenne Turbo
  • Volkswagen Touareg

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