2013 Ram 1500 - front three-quarter viewAs is tradition, the 2013 Detroit Auto Show kicks off with the announcement of the 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the year awards. And without further ado, we present your winners: the Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500.

Runners-up for the award are the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord in the car category, and the Mazda CX-5 and Ford C-Max in the truck/utility class. The winners were determined by a non-profit, independent jury of 50 American and Canadian journalists, including some members of the Autoblog staff.

This is the first win for Cadillac as a Car of the Year, though the CTS was a finalist in 2008. General Motors brands have won the Car of the Year award five times. This win for the 2013 Ram 1500 marks the third truck win for the Chrysler Group. The Ram (well, Dodge Ram) first won the award in 1994.
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Source: North American Car of the Year Organizing Committee

Monday, January 14, 2013

Note to editors: The correct name is "North American Car of the Year" and "North American Truck/Utility of the Year," not "Car of the Year" or "Truck/Utility of the Year."

DETROIT, - Domestic automakers dominated as the Cadillac ATS took the 2013 North American Car of the Year and the Ram 1500 won the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

The winners were revealed Monday morning at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show.

The winners were chosen by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.

The awards – now in their 20th year - are unique in the United States because instead of being given by a single media outlet they are awarded by a group of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites.

The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

The jurors gave the ATS 207 points, the Accord 159 points and the Fusion 124 points.

It was the first win for Cadillac ATS and the fifth car win for General Motors. The Cadillac CTS was a finalist in 2008.

The jurors gave the Ram 1500 261 points, the CX-5 142 points and the C-Max 87 points.

It was the third truck win for Chrysler. The Dodge Ram 1500 won in 1994.

Domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year 11 times. Japanese automakers have won three times. European automakers have won four times. A Korean automaker (Hyundai) has won twice.

Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year 13 times. Japanese automakers have won four times. European automakers have won three times.

To be eligible a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. The jurors considered dozens of new vehicles before sending their ballots to Michelle Collins, a partner at Deloitte & Touche early in December.

On December 12th the three car and truck finalists were announced. But only Ms. Collins knew the winners until she handed over envelopes today to Michelle Krebs, a juror and
Editor-at-Large for Edmunds.com.

The awards were inspired by the "Car of the Year" in Europe.

They are administered by an organizing committee and are funded with dues paid by the jurors. There are no paid positions. Automakers do not pay to have their vehicles considered or to use the awards in ads.

The "2012 North American Car of the Year" was the Hyundai Elantra.

Last year's "2012 North American Truck of the Year" was the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

MORE INFORMATION: More information on the awards -- including names of the jurors, previous finalists and winners -- is available at: www.northamericancaroftheyear.org.

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      Love the ATS, can't wait for the ATS-V!!
      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Ram 1500 verses two "cute" utes. There was only one real truck in the competition.
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        @Car Guy
        Still, I'm happy they actually picked a truck to win the "Truck of the Year". To many instances in the past of the cute utes winning.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's about time a truck won the "truck of the year" award.
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've had the new ATS 2.0 T for a little over a week now. I can see why it won - awesome car. My only complaint is the touch interface on the center stack. I don't mean the CUE screen - that is intuitive and responsive. I mean the static "buttons" below the screen. I can't figure out how to consistantly make them work right. I end up using the redundant controls on the steering wheel 100% of the time. They should have gone with traditional buttons there instead of this gimmicky touch thing. That said, I love the car and have no other complaints. Congrats on the well-deserved win.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone surprised by this? Me nether.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats to GM and Chrysler! Job well done!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats to the winners. It was a very strong field. With the ATS it is interesting that a sports sedan beat out two family sedans. I wonder if the Fusion and Accord split the votes thus giving the Caddy the edge? The truck category had a truck, crossover, and hybrid competing. Glad the truck won the truck category.
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        \"Endless Sporadic\" is such a great handle. Next, add \"Incessant Idiocy\".
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      Rightly so. I'm think the new Cadillacs are something all Americans can be proud of. Ram truck is the new technological leader of the American truck market
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      I get the the truck vote...Man's truck, Good gas mileage. Nice styling etc... The "Cadillac" ? Good luck to them. They'll need it.
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        Please explain the Cadillac statement? I remember, back in 2008 Cadillac had one month where CTS sales dipped from the customary 4,500 - 5,000+ range to about 3,800. Folks like you came out of the woodwork, screaming that the car is a colossal failure blah, blah, blah. New models (especially Gen 1) of any automobile, generally takes about 4 to 6 months to hit their plateau mark. The ATS is going to do better than fine. I'm sure lots of folks in its target demographic are still under contract from their current leases. A 40 to 50K car is not like an iPhone (the bulk of its sales in the first month on the market). The ATS doesn't need luck, its that good.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Cadillac needs to shed the "old people" image in order to be successful. I'm sure the ATS is a great start and I intend to look at one when my lease is up in a few months. As the over 60 demographic starts to contract (shrink) they can only buy so many cars. Cadillac knows this and they have to deliver on solid products in a consistently excellent manner. Every time. GM does not have a great track-record of delivering in this manner and people like me (who have long memories) have been burned in the past by GM car products (trucks tend to be more of GM's specialty). Image is everything. I'll give them another chance but if I get burned again then they'll be sworn off for good.
      Houmpheng Phonsavath
      ATS loook UGLY inside and out and look old already. My pick would have been either Accord or the 3 series.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Houmpheng Phonsavath
        HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA HA, HA - that is such a lame a$$ attempt to diss this car that you just sound like a douche! Go back to posting on 'popular lame comments be we'.com
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