GM a Shoe-In for NACOTY, Probably
There are 24 cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers up for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. Of those, 6 are General Motors vehicles, 3 are Toyotas and the rest are a hodgepodge of Nissan, Jaguar, Infiniti, Kia, Jeep, Mazda, Subaru and BMW.
You read that right, General Motors has the most nominations this year. Know who doesn’t have any? Ford. Not only did the Blue Oval not get a single vehicle on the short list of the nominees, but all 6 of GM’s new-for-2014 models made it.
That’s one heckuva slap in the face by the NACOTY jury, which consists of 50 U.S. and Canadian auto journalists who, apparently, have an infatuation with all things GM.
Regardless of why General Motors has so many nominations, the fact remains that it’s one of the best showings by any automaker in the two decades since the North American Car of the Year program debuted. There’s a very real chance that the General could take home the trophy in both the car and truck categories.
There’s also a remote chance that both trophies could go to India.
That would be an irony considering the name of these awards, but a Jaguar and a Land Rover got nominated in both categories. Both automakers are owned by Indian automaker Tata Motors, and if they both win, it will be the first time an Indian company with automakers based in Britain won two North American car awards.
Crazy times we live in, yeah?
Even crazier is the fact that there’s a Rogue on the truck list. And a Forester. That’s something that irritates me every year, but nominees for a truck award should probably be, you know, trucks. A Rogue is just a Sentra with a lift kit, which hardly elevates it to truck status.
Still, this year’s nominees make for a compelling story, and it’ll be interesting to see which vehicles make the cut down to 3 nominees for each award. The two winners will be announced in January at the Detroit Auto Show.
2014 North American Car of the Year short list:
- BMW 4 Series
- Cadillac CTS
- Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
- Chevrolet Impala
- Infiniti Q50
- Jaguar F-Type
- Kia Cadenza
- Lexus IS
- Mercedes-Benz CLA
- Toyota Corolla
2014 North American Truck of the Year short list:
- Acura MDX
- BMW X5
- Buick Encore
- Chevrolet Silverado
- GMC Sierra
- Hyundai Santa Fe LWB
- Jeep Cherokee
- Kia Sorento
- Land Rover Range Rover Sport
- Nissan Rogue
- Subaru Forester
- Toyota Tundra
My vote for the NACOTY awards are the Jaguar F-Type and the Chevrolet Silverado. Which would you vote for?