- NAME: The awards are the “North American Car of the Year” and “North American Truck/Utility of the Year,” not “Car of the Year” or “Truck of the Year.”
- WHY THEY ARE DIFFERENT: The awards are unique because — instead of being given by a single publication, website, radio or television station — they are given by an independent jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.
- WHO DOESN’T GIVE THE AWARDS? While the winners are announced at the North American International Auto Show, the auto show in Detroit does not give the awards nor does the voting take place at the show. This year the awards are given by 57 veteran automotive journalists from Canada and the United States.
- HOW ARE THE AWARDS CHOSEN? The awards are intended to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.
- ELIGIBILITY Vehicles must be new or “substantially changed.” This year the jurors considered more than 50 vehicles. Of those, the jurors voted to put 10 cars and 12 truck/utilities on the ballot.
- HOW DO THE JURORS VOTE? Jurors send their ballots to the accounting firm of Deloitte LLP in Detroit. Jurors are given 25 points to distribute among the cars and 25 points to distribute among the trucks. However, no more than 10 points may be given to a single vehicle and that may be done for only one truck and one car.
The three car and three truck finalists were announced on December 12th at a luncheon held by the Automotive Press Association. Then the jurors voted a second time on the three truck and three car finalists. In the second ballot — also sent to Deloitte — each juror has 10 points to distribute for the car category and 10 points for the truck category. The jurors may divide up those points or give all 10 to a single vehicle. The votes of individual jurors will be available on the website by the end of January. Until the news conference at the auto show on January 12 only Michelle Collins, a partner at Deloitte, knows which vehicles won. When the jurors vote they are asked to submit comments about their choices. Deloitte selects the comments about the winning vehicles and brings those comments to the news conference.
HISTORY: This is the 22nd year of the awards, which were inspired by the “Car of the Year” in Europe. They are administered by an organizing committee and are funded exclusively with dues paid by the jurors. There are no paid positions.
- The 2014 North American Car of the Year was the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year was the Chevrolet Silverado.
- In the last 21 years domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year 12 times and foreign automakers have won nine times. Japanese automakers have three wins. European automakers have four wins. Korean automakers (Hyundai) have two wins.
- Last year the North American Truck of the Year was the Chevrolet Silverado.
- Domestics have won the truck competition 14 times. Foreign automakers have won seven times. Of the seven wins, Japanese automakers have won four times and Europeans have won three times.