Two Ford cars and one Hyundai took home awards from the major U.S. auto show NACTOY.
Every year until 2020, automotive journalists came to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show at this time in January. Blind scribes shrugged off their hangovers after Sunday pre-show parties and new model launches and drove into the Cobo Center (now TCF) early Monday morning to find out which cars won voting in the North American Car and Truck of the Year category, TTAC writes.
The situation changed in 2020. Not because of COVID, but because the show was scheduled to move to summer. Although the NACTOY jury announced the winners in January 2020 at TCF.
There are three categories – car, truck and utility. This year’s winners were the Hyundai Elantra , Ford F-150 and Ford Mustang Mach-E.
The experts drove all three and spoke highly of each. However, the Mach-E’s choice may be controversial, either because of the name, or because it is an electric car, or because it is more of a raised hatchback than what might be considered a “real” SUV.
There were nine finalists in all, three in each category. For cars, it was the Genesis G80, Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra.
For trucks, it was the F-150, Jeep Gladiator Mojave and Ram TRX; while for utility, it was the Mach-E, Genesis GV80 and Land Rover Defender.
The Examiner drove the Sentra, Defender and Mojave; and I have the TRX and Mach-E scheduled for evaluation. All the ones the examiner drove were strong contenders, and as noted above, the other TTAC participants were the winners, and they all got good reviews. As much as we like to argue about the cars here, the examiner doesn’t really mind the vote, although, as noted, the “usefulness” for Mach-E may be an exaggeration.
The list began with about 43 new or upgraded vehicles and then was reduced to the last nine.