• Sep 19, 2006
A highlight of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the presentation of the awards for North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year. The list of nominees for the 2007 COTY and 2007 TOTY includes 11 cars and no less than 15 trucks. Our buddies over at Winding Road, a few of who happen to be in the jury pool, let us in on the complete list, which will shrink to three finalists in each category due out in early December.
Candidates for car of the year are:
  • Chrysler Sebring
  • Dodge Caliber
  • Honda Fit
  • Infiniti G35
  • Jaguar XK/XKR
  • Lexus LS 460
  • Mercedes S class
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Versa
  • Saturn Aura
  • Toyota Camry
We don't want to steal all of their thunder, so follow the link to Winding Road to check out the short list for Truck of the Year finalists.

As Winding Road points out, some of the vehicles on the lists aren't even available for sale yet. However, by the time ballots are cast they should be available in various press pools for jurors to review.

Honda ran away with all the hardware last year, for the Civic and Ridgeline (right), which was the first time a single make had ever won both awards.

You can also check out a complete list of past winners here.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      My guess:
      COTY: Caliber runner up: Aura

      These picks are based more on their significance to the brand then mechanical merits. None on the list stands head and shoulder above their peers so I'm guessing the selection will be based more on the vehicles impact on the market.

      TOTY: Wrangler runner up: Vue Green Line

      Wrangler is the Porsche 911 or trucks having a long history, purposeful design, and fanatic owners. The 07 update is great and I personally love the 4-door option. I'm a fan of the Green Line because I'd like to see a mild hybrid as an option on every vehicle. The Edge looks great, but I think it's too small inside (same with the CX-7), though I wouldn't be surprised to see either win.

      That's my 2 cents. Feel free to disagree all you'd like.
      • 8 Years Ago
      COTY: Aura or Caliber
      TOTY: Ford Edge or Mazda CX-7

      But sometimes the AJAC in Canada, can have a different choices for COTY
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saturn Aura.

      Although it is a rebadged Opel, it represents Saturn's new intentions in a way that the mainstream can and probably will purchase. While the Sky came first with a similar message, it's not a high-volume car like a mid-size sedan. It says those same words, but in a voice you will see on many streets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      These are all pretty boring, if I accidentally get a ballot I'm going to write in the Tesla Roadster.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "29. Wouldn't it be funny if a 5-year-old Honda beat out the latest and greatest from everyone else?

      Yeah. Funny."

      Ridgeline has won last year: this is even funnier.



      • 8 Years Ago
      And of course the Mazdaspeed3 is left out, yet has all the automotive publications a-buzz with excitement from the recent, glowing, Laguna Seca roadtest/reviews from 99% of the automotive press.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, obviously they don't judge on looks because the Civic and Cringeline won last year....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Even though it reminds me of a guppy fish, I would go with the Fit. It's combination of keen handling (per C&D, faster than the Z06 in slalom test), versatile interior (folding seats like a mini-van), and Honda reliability and refinement for such a low price makes for quite an exceptional vehicle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kinda sad (on everyone else) that a Honda at the end of its model cycle is even on the list. Similar story for the Aura/Vectra.

      Old models in the European market are winners in ours. Lovely.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL Sebring. I don't know what car should win car of the year, but I can definitely tell you which one won't. What were the executives at Chrysler thinking? Do they want this car to maintain the second highest depreciation rate behind the Chevy Aveo?
      • 8 Years Ago
      8. Ha, not one Ford on the car list. And no, Jaguar does not count.

      Posted at 3:57PM on Sep 19th 2006 by Seabass 0 stars

      This is why I shake my head at some of these posts on here, and why, if manufacturer reps are actually lurking on this board to see what the general public is saying, shouldn't take this board very seriously. Someone like "Seabass" posting a rediculous comment about Ford not having anything nominated. Not even knowing they don't have new models that are in the show rooms that are even eligible for this years COTY. I'm going to bet the Ford Edge will give it a run next year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Nissan Altima???
      You've got to be kidding me.
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