January 8, 2007


Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Silverado win N.A. Car and Truck of the Year Awards

Detroit, Michigan – The Saturn Aura is the 2007 North American Car of the Year, while the Chevrolet Silverado is the 2007 North American Truck of the Year, it was announced today. The winners were chosen by a panel of 49 automotive journalists who represent newspapers, magazines, television shows and web sites in Canada and the United States.

The awards 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 new. Although dozens of new 2007 vehicles were eligible, the jurors whittled the field down to 12 cars and 15 trucks on which they voted.

In the last 14 years, domestic automakers have won the North American Car of the Year seven times. Japanese automakers have won three times and European automakers have won four times. Last year the North American Car of the Year was the Honda Civic while the North American Truck of the Year was the Honda Ridgeline. Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year nine times. Japanese automakers have won three times and European automakers have won twice.

The finalists were:

2007 North American Car of the Year

  • Chrysler Sebring

  • Dodge Caliber
  • Honda Fit
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Infiniti G35
  • Jaguar XK/XKR
  • Lexus LS 460
  • Mercedes-Benz S-class
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Versa
  • Saturn Aura
  • Toyota Camry

2007 North American Truck of the Year

  • Acura MDX

  • Acura RDX
  • Audi Q7
  • BMW X5
  • Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Dodge Nitro
  • Ford Edge
  • GMC Acadia
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Mazda CX-7
  • Saturn Vue Green Line
  • Toyota FJ Cruiser

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