Detroit overwhelmingly dominated the choice of finalists for the International Car and Truck of the Year awards while Japanese brands were notably absent from the top six picks.
The selection suggests that while the Big Three still have their struggles ahead, they’re beginning to put out a host of increasingly competitive products.
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. each placed one of the three finalists, with Hyundai and Volvo contributing the other picks.
The nominees for Car of the Year include:
On the Truck of the Year side, ICOTY’s judges picked:
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Ford Transit Connect
- Volvo XC60.
(Click on the highlighted links, above, to read TheDetroitBureau.com’s own reviews.)
The ICOTY judges are told to look at a variety of features, including innovativeness, performance, quality, and that hard-to-describe emotionally compelling factor.