Juror Blog



NACTOY Juror Blog

Our automotive 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. Each year this unbiased jury of approximately 60 expert print and broadcast journalists combine centuries of discerning experience to determine the winners.

Scroll below to check out the latest published pieces from our jurors.
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2021 NACTOY Finalists Announced: The Top 9 Vehicles Introduced This Year

originally published: https://shinymetalboxes.net/2020/12/20/2021-nactoy-finalists-announced-the-top-9-vehicles-introduced-this-year/ The 50 jurors* of the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY ) awards—50 people who work for a variety of outlets, so these are manifold perspectives, not that of just one brand—have announced their list of finalists for the 2021 awards, which will be presented in Detroit on January …

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Freep’s Phelan’s Picks

originally published here: https://shinymetalboxes.net/2021/01/03/freeps-phelans-picks/ Detroit Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan happens to spend more time driving cars than any dozen people you know—a dozen pre-COVID drivers. Somehow, the pandemic hasn’t inhibited Phelan’s seat time. Each year Phelan picks what he considers to be the best vehicles introduced during the past year. 2021 Cadillac Escalade (Photo …

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Hyundai’s Redesigned Elantra Grows Up, Branches Out

Nissan has just launched an excellent all-new Sentra, an 11th-generation Honda Civic is just over the horizon, and now comes Hyundai with a fully redesigned (seventh-generation) 2021 Elantra – available in conventional, Hybrid and N Line variants – that is bound to gain market share.

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Ram 1500 TRX Makes High-Impact Off-Road Mark

By Gary Witzenburg President, North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Originally published on WardsAuto.com “This truck is designed to do things at 100 mph off-road that will break other trucks,” Ram 1500 senior manager Carl Lally says of the Ram 1500 TRX. “We know, because we’ve tried.” Gary Witzenburg | …

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A tribute to John Lamm and a review of the 2021 NACTOY Awards Semifinalists

By Javier Mota Features Editor https://autos0to60.com/blog/ This week’s episode is dedicated to John Lamm, a talented and widely-respected journalist within the automotive community. Javier Mota Lauren Fix Karl Brauerdiscuss John’s long and impressive history as a writer and photographer for a wide array of automotive publications. The three hosts also review the 2021 candidates for …

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2021 NACTOY Awards Semifinalists Test Drives in Ann Arbor, Michigan

By Javier Mota Features Editor https://autos0to60.com/blog/ he North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards said today that, following a preliminary vote, 27 new vehicles have made its list of semifinalists for the 2021 awards. The list includes eight cars, 15 utility vehicles and four trucks available to consumers this year that …

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Nissan Sentra SR 2020, candidato al Premio Auto del Año

By Javier Mota Features Editor http://autoproyecto.com Nissan Sentra SR 2020, prueba de manejo en Miami El test drive Nissan Sentra 2020 por las calles y carreteras de Miami, nos sorprendió con un auto compacto lleno de detalles de lujo y tecnología cuyo precio base empieza por debajo de los $20,000. La octava generación del sedán …

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John Paul Jr. – 1982 Sebring 12 Hours of Endurance

By Gary Witzenburg NACTOY President Contribution to Vintage Motorsport – July/August 2020  

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2020 NACTOY Winners: A DriveWays Report…

North American automotive journalists, voting in secret ballots,  revealed on January 13, 2020 that they had selected two quintessentially U.S. vehicles and one from South Korea — but built in the U.S. — as the best newcomers of the past year.

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Who Won the 2020 NACTOY Awards?

The 2020 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards (NACTOY) were presented this morning in Detroit.

The winners are: 2020 Car: Corvette Stingray
2020 Truck: Jeep Gladiator
2020 Utility: Kia Telluride

A couple of notable points about this. First, know that each of those winners bested some serious competition.

WE’RE INDEPENDENT

The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards are determined by an independent and diverse group of jurors from all across North America.

WE’RE PASSIONATE

Jurors attend launch programs for each eligible vehicle and/or receive vehicle loans, then test drive them again during a three-day, back-to-back comparison held in October for side-by-side evaluations.

WE’RE UNIQUE

Initiated in 1994, the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards are the longest-running award not associated with a specific publication.