The Jurors

The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Jurors

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 50 expert print and broadcast journalists combine centuries of discerning experience to determine the winners of the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.

NACTOY Board of Directors

Gary Witzenburg NACTOY President

Gary Witzenburg

Contributing Editor, Kelley Blue Book, Collectible Automobile, WardsAuto, Vintage Motorsport, SAE Automotive Engineering, Dbusiness

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Jack R. Nerad

Vice President
Writer, Editor, Radio Host,

Gary Vasilash NACTOY Board

Gary Vasilash

Automotive Design + Production Magazine, AutoBeat, Autoline After Hours

Jeff Gilbert NACTOY

Jeff Gilbert

Auto Reporter,
WWJ Newsradio 950, CBS Radio Network


Karl Brauer

Membership Chair
Executive Publisher,, Executive Analyst,


The Jury

Brian Armstead NACTOY juror

Brian Armstead

Editor in Chief, Treads Magazine
Segment host, YouAutoKnow-KCBQ AM/FM
Frank Aukofer NACTOY Juror

Frank Aukofer

DriveWays Review Columnist, Bergen Record, Providence Journal, Review Garage

Kirk Bell NACTOY Vice President

Kirk Bell

Senior Editor, Motor Authority, The Car Connection, Green Car Reports

Paul Brian NACTOY Juror

Paul Brian

Freelance, ABC Owned & Operated Stations Contributor, HisTurn-HerTurn YouTube Channel, China Global TV contributor,

Lindsay Brooke NACTOY Juror

Lindsay Brooke

Editor-in-Chief, SAE International's Automotive Engineering and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering

Dan Carney NACTOY Juror

Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

John Davis NACTOY Juror

John Davis

Managing Director/Host, MotorWeek

Jamie Page Deaton NACTOY Juror

Jamie Page Deaton

Executive Editor, U.S. News & World Reports-Cars

Matt DeLorenzo NACTOY Juror

Matt DeLorenzo

Senior Managing Editor, Kelley Blue Book

Denis Duquet NACTOY Juror

Denis Duquet

Automobile Journalist,, 91.9FM, HOMME Magazine, Auto123

Paul Eisenstein NACTOY Juror

Paul Eisenstein

Publisher, Editor,

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach Board of Directors North American Car and Truck of the Year

Lauren Fix

Contributor, Car Coach Reports, GCN Radio,, O&O, NewsMax, Community Digital News

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Gabriel Gélinas

Journalist, Le Guide de l’Auto, The Car Guide, QUB Radio Network, TVA, LCN, CTV, CBC, Global TV (Canada), Radio-Canada

Antuan Goodwin

Antuan Goodwin

Automotive Reviews Editor, Roadshow by CNET

Ken Gross NACTOY Juror

Ken Gross

Contributing Editor, Collier Auto Media

Bengt Halvorson NACTOY Juror

Bengt Halvorson

Senior Editor, Internet Brands Automotive, Green Car Reports, Motor Authority, The Car Connection, Beyond

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John Pearley Huffman

Freelance, Car and Driver, NYT, Cnet Roadshow,

Antoine Joubert NACTOY Juror

Antoine Joubert

Journalist, Le Guide de l'Auto/Quebecor Media

Marc Lachapelle NACTOY

Marc Lachapelle

Contributing Editor, Le Guide de l'auto,,

Jodi Lai NACTOY Juror

Jodi Lai


Kelsey Mays NACTOY Juror

Kelsey Mays

Assistant Managing Editor,

John McElroy NACTOY Juror

John McElroy

Editorial Director, Autoline

Sue Mead NACTOY Juror

Sue Mead

Auto Writer, Motor Matters,, Land Report, TREAD, Outdoorx4, Jeep International, Houston Chronicle,, Autoweek

Javier Mota NACTOY Juror

Javier Mota

Features Editor,, Impremedia, NBC Telemundo, CNN Español Cohost, Total Car Score Podcast

Greg Migliore NACTOY Juror

Greg Migliore

Editor-in-Chief, Autoblog

Joann Muller NACTOY Juror

Joann Muller

Transportation Correspondent, Axios

Marty Padgett NACTOY Juror

Marty Padgett

Editorial Director, The Car Connection

Chis Paukert NACTOY Vice President

Chris Paukert

Executive Editor, Roadshow by CNET

Henry Payne NACTOY Juror

Henry Payne

Auto Columnist, The Detroit News, Radio Host, 910 AM Car Radio host

Mark Phlean NACTOY Juror

Mark Phelan

Auto Critic & Columnist, Detroit Free Press

Tony Quiroga NACTOY Juror

Tony Quiroga

Deputy Editor, Car and Driver

Ron Sessions NACTOY Juror

Ron Sessions

Content Contributor, JD Power, Autotrader, AutoByTel,,

Jeremy Sinek NACTOY Juror

Jeremy Sinek

Freelance, Globe and Mail, Automotive News Canada

Steven Cole Smith NACTOY Juror

Steven Cole Smith

Contributing Editor, Autoweek, Automobile, Classic Motorsports, Grassroots Motorsports

Ben Stewart NACTOY Juror

Ben Stewart

Freelance, Autoweek, KBB/Ride, 4WP/TheDirt

NACTOY Juror Mark Takahashi

Mark Takahashi

Senior Reviews Editor, Edmunds

Richard Truett NACTOY Juror

Richard Truett

Engineering Reporter, Automotive News

Lawrence Ulrich NACTOY Juror

Lawrence Ulrich

Founder, Word Factory Inc Freelance, The New York Times, Automobile, R&T, Worth, Autoblog, IEEE Spectrum

Al Vazquez NACTOY Juror

Al Vazquez

YouTube Producer, GTR Productions

John Voelker NACTOY Juror

John Voelcker

Automotive Writer and Analyst, Car and Driver, The Drive, Forbes Wheels, Motor Authority, Charged EVs

Nicole Wakelin NACTOY juror

Nicole Wakelin

Freelance Journalist,The Boston Globe,, Autobytel, CarExpert, CarTalk, NAPA Know How Blog

Basem Wasef NACTOY Juror

Basem Wasef

Journalist, Freelance for various outlets

Joe Wiesenfelder NACTOY Juror

Joe Wiesenfelder

Executive Editor, and

Leslie Wimbush NACTOY Juror

Lesley Wimbush


Drew Winter NACTOY Juror

Drew Winter

Senior Content Director,, Wards Intelligence


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.


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.


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.