January 5, 2004


North American Car and Truck of the Year winners announced

Detroit, Michigan – A group of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and
Canada has selected the 2004 Toyota Prius as the 2004 North American Car of the Year
and the 2004 Ford F-150 as the North American Truck of the Year. The awards are
given to vehicles that establish new benchmarks in areas including design,
innovation, safety and handling.

The jurors considered 17 cars and 13 trucks. The three car finalists were the Toyota
Prius, Mazda RX-8 and Cadillac XLR. The three truck finalists were the Nissan Titan,
the Ford F-150 and the Cadillac SRX.

To be eligible, vehicles must be new or “substantially changed” from the previous
model. Jurors are given 25 points to divide among cars and trucks, however, no more
than 10 points may be given to a single vehicle. The three finalists in each
category are released in mid-December and the winners are announced during the
Detroit auto show.

2004 North American Car of the Year nominees

  • Acura TSX

  • 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

2004 North American Truck of the Year nominees

  • 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

Past Winners

1994 North American Car of the Year – Mercedes-Benz C-Class
1994 North American Truck of the Year – Dodge Ram

1995 North American Car of the Year – Chrysler Cirrus
1995 North American Truck of the Year – Chevrolet Blazer

1996 North American Car of the Year – Chrysler minivans
1996 North American Truck of the Year – Ford F-150

1997 North American Car of the Year – Mercedes-Benz SLK
1997 North American Truck of the Year – Ford Expedition

1998 North American Car of the Year – Chevrolet Corvette
1998 North American Truck of the Year – Mercedes-Benz ML320

1999 North American Car of the Year – Volkswagen New Beetle
1999 North American Truck of the Year – Jeep Grand Cherokee

2000 North American Car of the Year – Ford Focus
2000 North American Truck of the Year – Nissan Xterra

2001 North American Car of the Year – Chrysler PT Cruiser
2001 North American Truck of the Year – Acura MDX

2002 North American Car of the Year – Nissan Altima
2002 North American Truck of the Year – Chevrolet TrailBlazer

2003 North American Car of the Year – Mini Cooper/Cooper S
2003 North American Truck of the Year – Volvo XC90

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