(WXYZ) - And the winner is… the 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan!
The model beat out seven other strong finalists to win the Car of the Year award for the second time in six years. Cadillac has won four times since Motor Trend handed out the first Car of the Year award in 1949.
The all new CTS impressed Motor Trend drivers so much, that after ten days of driving, and days more of discussion, the Cadillac was the clear winner.
"The vehicle is lighter but yet bigger than the previous generation. It's over 250 pounds lighter than the others in the class and that influences everything, the way it drives, fuel efficiency, everything," says Motor Trend Editor in Chief Ed Loh.
CTS beat out the BMW 4 series, Jaguar F-type, the Mazda 3 and 6, Mercedes S-Class, Kia Forte and the new Corvette Stingray, which most thought would run away with the award.
Ed Welburn, with GM Global Design says winning Car of the Year will boost sales and give Cadillac bragging rights.
"To win this award means a lot. I think it means a lot to the city of Detroit, for America and Cadillac that we can develop a vehicle that can compete on the world stage with the best."
Cadillac won the first ever Motor Trend car of the year dating back to 1949.
The 2014 CTS Sedan is offered at a starting price of $46,000.