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North American Car, Truck of the Year down to 3

Top 3 cars, top 3 truck/utility vote-getters announced, chosen by 53 journalists

Published: December 8, 2015, 6:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 1:20 PM

All the contenders for the Canadian Car of the Year Awards - The all-new 10th-generation Civic is larger, sportier, and more digitally-connected than ever before and, for the first time, it's built on a global platform and it's available with a turbocharged engine. Plus, it's built in Canada, at Aliston, Ontario, which is the lead plant for the compact Honda globally.

Chevrolet Malibu Red Line concept

The finalists for the North American Car of the Year awards have been announced, with probably little surprise from critics and the public in general.

The title of North American Car of the Year award will be contested among the newest generations of the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Civic and Mazda MX-5, while the overall North American Truck/Utility of the Year will go to one of the Honda Pilot, Nissan Titan XD or Volvo XC90.

2016 Mazda MX-5

The awards are adjudicated by a jury of 53 automobile journalists from across Canada and the United States, working for various media outlets. The jurors pared down the list of potential contenders to 10 car finalists and 12 trucks and utilities in September 2015, and in early December voted on their choices for the winners.

Honda Pilot - One of five Honda vehicles to win segment Residual Value Awards

The ballots went directly to professional services firm Deloitte, which tabulated the results and released the names of the top three (announced at the Automotive Press Association in Detroit), and will hand over the envelopes with the names of the two winners for announcement during the media preview days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, though the show itself or its organizers are not involved in the selection of vehicles or the voting process.

1015 NAIAS - Nissan Titan - 2016 Nissan Titan XD It feels like North America has been waiting eons for Nissan to redesign its full-size Titan pickup. Almost a dozen years have passed since the Titan first broke cover, with very few changes in the meantime. The 2016 Titan aims to change all that, with a ground-up redesign that includes three cab configurations, two bed lengths, and several trim levels. Nissan has never shied away from controversial designs, and the Titan follows that trend. Crucially, it also gets a choice of three engines. While details on the new gasoline V6 and V8 will be shared later, the biggest news comes from the Cummins-built turbodiesel V8. At 5.0 litres, it packs 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and properly equipped gives over 5,450 kg of conventional towing and over 900 kg of payload.

Created 23 yeas ago, the annual awards recognize vehicles that best exemplify excellence in innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value in the crop of new vehicles introduced for the coming model year. The winners will be declared January 11, 2016.

Volvo XC90 Excellence

Last year, the Volkswagen Golf was named North American Car of the Year, while the Ford F-150 took home the North American Truck of the Year title. In the past 22 years, North American vehicles have won 27 of the awards (12 cars and 15 trucks), Europeans have won eight (5 cars and 3 trucks), Japanese seven (3 cars and 4 trucks), and Korean companies have won two car titles.

The awards are funded by participation dues paid by the jurors.