DETROIT, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- An international group of automotive
journalists has selected the Honda Fit, the Saturn Aura and the Toyota
Camry as finalists for the 2007 North American Car of the Year. The
Chevrolet Silverado, Ford Edge and Mazda CX-7 are finalists for the 2007
North American Truck of the Year.
The awards are unique in the United States because - instead of being
given by a single publication, radio or television station - they are given
by 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.
The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of
the year based on factors that include innovation, design, safety,
handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. To be eligible,
vehicles must be "all new" or "substantially changed" from the previous
Steve Laughman, a partner at Deloitte & Touche, was responsible for
counting the ballots, which jurors sent directly to the accounting firm.
The results were announced today at a news conference during a luncheon
held by the Detroit Economic Club and the North American International Auto
However, Laughman remains the only person who knows the winners, which
will be announced January 7th at the North American International Auto
Although the winners are disclosed at a news conference at NAIAS, the
show does not give the awards.
The jurors represent outlets such as the Toronto Star, Car and Driver
magazine, AutoWeek, The Chicago Tribune, MotorWeek, USA Today, Autoline
Detroit, Edmunds.com, Road & Track magazine, the San Jose Mercury News,
Consumer Guide, the Boston Globe, Automotive News, Popular Mechanics and
Last year the 2006 North American Car of the Year was the Honda Civic,
and the 2006 North American Truck of the Year was the Honda Ridgeline.
Domestic automakers have been named "North American Car of the Year"
six times. Japanese cars have won three times. European cars have won four
Domestic automakers won "North American Truck of the Year" eight times,
Japanese automakers have won three times (Honda and Acura took two of
those) and European automakers have won twice.
In the totals above, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep are counted as domestic
automakers. Volvo and Mercedes-Benz are included in the European category,
even though Volvo is owned by Ford, and Mercedes is part of
While more than 60 new vehicles were eligible, jurors finally voted on
11 cars and 15 trucks.
Nominees for the 2007 North American Car of the Year
Lexus LS 460
Nominees for the 2007 North American Truck of the Year
Hyundai Santa Fe
Saturn Vue Green Line
Toyota FJ Cruiser
SOURCE North American Car of the Year Organizing Committee