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Winners to be announced for North American Car, Truck & Utility Vehicle of the Year

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Posted at 9:47 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 09:47:46-05

(WXYZ) — Winners will be announced this morning for the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY).

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There are nine finalists – three in each category – and it is the second-to-last step in the year-long process for the three awards.

The finalists are:

Car of the Year: Genesis G80, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra

Truck of the Year: Ford F-150, Jeep Gladiator Mojave, Ram 1500 TRX

Utility Vehicle of the Year: Ford Mustang Mach E, Genesis GV80, Land Rover Defender

"In this very challenging year, these nine vehicles emerged as our Finalists out of an unusually strong field of 27 Semifinalists," NACTOY president Gary Witzenburg said in a release. "Each one of them – especially the 15 in the ultra-competitive utility vehicle category – is excellent in nearly every way. Not to mention the automakers' unusually difficult challenge of getting our 50 jurors from all over North America into their candidate vehicles for testing and evaluation prior to our later-than-usual voting deadline."

The process begins with a list of new or changed vehicles launched in each model year, and then jurors test and evaluate each of them.

Winners used to be announced during the North American International Auto Show.