North American Car and Truck of the Year: The Finalists

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Last year's winning "truck," the 2012 Land Rover Evoque

It’s hard to believe it’s that time already.

No, I’m not talking about the arrival of Fall, or that Halloween is just around the corner or that Costco already has Christmas stuff in the aisles. I can’t believe it’s already that time of year for the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) nominations.

The annual awards have snuck up on me, and going through the list of 20 nominated vehicles offered up even more surprises.

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European Dealers Selling New Cars As Used – Could It Happen Here?

car lot

Auto sales in the United States have picked up after a few of years of dreadful numbers.

The situation in Europe, though, remains in the toilet, and a new report makes the case that numbers are even far worse than believed.

Bloomberg has reported that a Ford executive said that dealers for brands across the European Union are buying their own inventory, thus providing a boost to new-car sales figures by as much as 30 percent.

Roelant de Waard, Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service at Ford of Europe, told Bloomberg,

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Can You Choose a Better Car than Auto Journalists?

It’s a simple question that many of us, auto writers or not, are asked on a consistent basis:

If you had $100,000, what car would you buy?

Take a moment to think about that, and you’ll realize how tough a question it really is. There are so many excellent choices that having to decide for real could be paralyzing. Would you go for something super luxurious, or would you go for pure performance? Something that blends excitement and practicality? Or maybe the Hyundai Veloster?

Vanity Fair asked 13 automotive writers that question and received some interesting results, some priced well below the $100K limit. Someone even picked the Veloster. Seriously.

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