Now in its 22nd year, the North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year Awards are presented annually at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Over fifty journalists and industry experts are on the decision-making panel, so this is no hollow award given by a non-automotive publication, like Fortune or Esquire. But we digress.
A month before the Detroit show, the gang of 50 pare down the list to three cars and three finalist trucks. That list was announced today. And three FoMoCo vehicles made it into the last stretch.
“I think the overall selections were really good this year,” said the senior editor for SAE International’s Automotive Engineering International magazine, Lindsay Brooke. “Obviously, when you have two brand new pickup trucks for the pickup category they really edge everything else out… but I think the nomination of the MKC shows that it is a really good and is much more than a really nice (Ford) Escape.”
The truck competition will perhaps be the most watched because of the Ford F-150‘s pioneering use of aluminum. However, the contest will not be a gimme since Chevrolet’s mid-sized Colorado pickup is reinventing the category, having recently won Motor Trend‘s Truck of the Year award for 2015.
“We built the F-150 for our customers… when they are happy about the truck, that is what matters most, and when we receive other recognition… that also is really nice for us,” said Ford spokesman Mike Levine.
The 2015 North American Car and Truck of the Year will be announced in the first two weeks of 2015, so stay tuned.