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NACTOY: The 2017 Nominees

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The initial list of the vehicles that have qualified for the 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) awards have been released today, so because these awards are significant to the industry (and only partially because I am one of the 60 judges, representatives of auto journalism across the continent), here is the list of vehicles that will be considered.

Know that in order to qualify the vehicles must be fundamentally new, as in underpinnings and technology, not just having a new front fascia and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility or something of the like.

The semifinalists will be announced in late September, the finalists at the LA Auto Show in December (three for each category). . .and the winners at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

So without further ado, here are the vehicles:


Alfa Romeo Giulia

Audi A5 Sportback

BMW 5-series

Honda Clarity

Honda Accord

Hyundai Ioniq

Kia Stinger

Lexus LC500

Mini Clubman

Porsche Panamera

Subaru Impreza

Tesla Model 3

Toyota Camry


Toyota Camry


Audi Q5/S5

Alfa Romeo Stelvio


Buick Enclave

Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Traverse

GMC Terrain

Honda Odyssey

Jeep Compass

Kia Niro

Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Mazda CX-5

Nissan Rogue Sport

Subaru Crosstrek

Toyota CH-R

Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volvo XC60

All-new 2017 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk

Jeep Compass


Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Ford Expedition

Lincoln Navigator


Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

If you consider the list, one thing may become clear: in the car category there are no vehicles from the Traditional Big Three. (FCA does have Alfa as one of its nameplates, but you know what I mean.) While it could be argued that this represents a shift from cars to crossovers and trucks, there will undoubtedly be cars on the 2018 list from one or more of the metro Detroit Three.

For one thing, during the first six months of this year, there were 3,223,549 cars delivered in the U.S., according to Autodata. While that’s a couple million below light trucks—which came in at 5,228,585—cars certainly cannot be overlooked.

It is worth noting that the presenting sponsor of the 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards is Bridgestone Americas. The awards have been presented to the industry since 1994.

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