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Cadillac CTS is 2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year

It's the fourth Motor Trend COTY win for Cadillac and the second for CTS

Published: November 9, 2013, 2:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:58 PM

2014 Cadillac CTS - Motor Trend Car of the Year

The Cadillac CTS is the Motor Trend Car of the Year for 2014.

Motor Trend is credited with originating the Car of the Year concept in 1949 and Cadillac was the original winner. This is the fourth time that a Cadillac has won and it's the second time for the CTS, which also won with its second-generation model in 2008.

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"Our judges were particularly impressed by the CTS’s responsive powertrains and masterful balance of smooth ride and sporty handling," said Motor Trend editor-in-chief, Ed Loh.

Motor Trend’s Car of the Year program is open to any all-new or substantially upgraded 2014 automobile. Out of 22 initial contenders, the judges picked eight Car of the Year finalists.

In addition to the Cadillac CTS, they were:

> BMW 4 Series

> Chevrolet Corvette

> Jaguar F-Type

> Mazda3

> Mazda6

> Mercedes-Benz S-Class

"The all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS prevailed over one of the most competitive fields in recent memory because it best met our award’s key criteria," said Loh. Those criteria were:

Design Advancement - well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.

Engineering Excellence - total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective technology that benefits the consumer.

Efficiency - low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle's competitive set.

Safety - ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a crash.

Value - competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of vehicles in the same market segment.

Performance of Intended Function - how well the vehicle does the job its planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do.

The winning CTS was said to ascend into the heart of the midsize luxury market with expanded performance, elevated luxury and sophisticated technology.

For more information about the award, judging process can be found in the January issue of Motor Trend.

The magazine previously announced the Subaru Forester as its 2014 Sport/Utility of the Year.

The North American Car and Truck of the Year will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January, followed by the Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto in February and the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) at the New York International Auto Show in April.

The CTS is also among the initial contenders for all three of those awards.