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The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year are a set of automotive awards announced at a news conference each January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The jury consists of no more than 60 automotive journalists from the US and Canada.[1]

In 2016, a Board of Directors was created and the award became a 501 6(c) corporation. The new Board consists of: Mark Phelan, President; Matt DeLorenzo, Vice President; and Lauren Fix, Secretary / Treasurer.

For 2017 a new category was added to this award: Utility, with the Chrysler Pacifica the first winner.


Car Truck

Saturn Aura (Winner)
Honda Fit (Nominee)
Toyota Camry (Nominee)

Chevrolet Silverado (Winner)
Ram 1500 (Nominee)
Mazda CX-5 (Nominee)



Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe
Mercury Cougar XR7
Dodge Spirit ES
Plymouth Acclaim LX


Ford Econoline






  1. ^ "About NACTOY". North American Car of the Year (official website). Retrieved 2015-10-10.
  2. ^ "Volt wins Car of the Year; Explorer takes top truck | Detroit Free Press". 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-11-26.
  3. ^ "Hyundai Elantra wins North American Car of Year; Range Rover Evoque wins truck honor | Washington Post". 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  4. ^ "Cadillac ATS, Ram 1500 named North American Car and Truck/Utility of the year". 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
  5. ^ "Chevrolet Sweeps 2014 NACTOY Awards". General Motors. 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  6. ^ a b c "North American Car of the Year". 2015-01-13. Archived from the original on 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2015-01-13.

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