GM a Shoe-In for NACOTY, Probably

2014 Corvette Stingray

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.

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Here Come the Car of the Year Awards

Tesla Model S

The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year

Anyone can give out a Car of the Year award these days. In fact, the list of COTY awards seems to grow every year. There’s the old stalwart, the Motor Trend Car of the Year, but there’s also the North American Car and Truck of the Year, the World Car of the Year, and now the Popular Mechanics Car of the Year. Perhaps there should be an equally prestigious “tgriffith Car of the Year.”

Maybe there will be.

With such a wide variety of awards, it’s pretty hard to label the one true Car of the Year. In this era of “everyone’s a winner,” every car has some chance of winning some kind of award.

Motor Trend, though, seems to have nailed this year’s choice.

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