On July 6, the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) organizing committee announced its 12 nominees (first round of selections) for the SUV category of the 2017 NACTOY award.
Being held for the 24th time, the NACTOY is awarded to the best vehicle as selected by a group of approximately 50 journalists residing in the US and Canada from a list of new models either released within a year or scheduled for release in North America.
Until now, the NACTOY consisted of two categories, â€œcarsâ€ and â€œtrucks and SUVs.â€ However, the latter category has been separated into â€œtrucksâ€ and â€œSUVs,â€ establishing three categories for the 2017 NACTOY award.
The first round of nominees for the SUV category of the 2017 NACTOY is as follows:
Mercedes Benz GLS
In the US, a drop in gasoline prices and economic recovery has resulted in great success for SUV sales. As a result, the first round of nominees consist mainly of mid- and large-sized SUVs.
As for Japanese brands, three models have been nominated including Mazdaâ€™s all-new CX-9, Nissanâ€™s new Armada and Infinitiâ€™s QX30. Meanwhile, none of Hondaâ€™s models were nominated despite the selections of the HR-V (the Vezel, in Japan) and the Pilot at the previous NACTOY. Lexus also did not receive any nominations this year despite the selection of the RX last year.