On July 6, the organizers of North American Car of the Year released a list of the 27 cars that have been selected for the passenger car category for 2017 North America Car of the Year.
For the North American Car of the Year, which is in its 24th year currently, around 50 journalists from the US and Canada choose the best car from new cars sold or debuted during the year.
The 27 cars selected for the passenger car category are the Acura NSX, Alpha Romeo Giulia, Audio A4, Audi R8, Bentley Mulsanne, Buick Cascade, Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze, Fiat 124 Spider, Genesis G90, Hyundai Elantra, Infiniti Q60, Jaguar XE, Kia Cadenza, Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E Class Sedan, Mercedes-Benz S550 Maybach, Mercedes-Benz SL, Mercedes-Benz SLC, Mini Clubman, Rolls Royce Dawn, Toyota Prius Prime, and Volvo S90.
With 4 models in the running, Mercedes-Benz was the brand with the most entries. Its entries are the new E Class Sedan, the newly improved SL and SLK, the SLC with major improvements, and the luxury S550 Maybach.
For Japanese automakers, the new Toyota Prius Prime, which is called the Prius PHV in Japan, was nominated. Honda and Nissan saw nominations from their luxury brands only with the new Acura NSX and new Infiniti Q60 (called the Skyline Coupe in Japan).
The list will be narrowed down to three finalists in December and the winner will be decided at next year’s Detroit Motor Show in January, 2017.
(Translated by Greg Scott)