If manufacturers around the world look forward to an awards function, other than the prestigious World Car of the Year awards, it’s the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year. First started in 1994, the NACTOY awards, as it’s commonly referred to, can be compared to the Golden Globe awards of the film industry.
Now in its 26th year, this award is meant to appreciate and honor the best new vehicles that came out in a year. The vehicles are then judged by a group of 50 independent and respected jurors. These jurors, come from respected and reputed radio, online, print, and broadcast media from the U.S. and Canada.
These jurors, then decide on the finalists, on the basis of their command over their segment, innovation, design, safety on offer, handling, driver satisfaction, and bang-for-the-buck.
The process for evaluating the eligible cars began in the month of June 2019. Three rounds of voting were done, till the final winners were chalked out. The votes weren’t counted by the jurors or any person involved with the awards. Instead, these votes were tallied and counted by professional services provider, Deloitte.
The results were sealed in envelopes and were revealed at the 2020 NACTOY awards at TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan. These envelopes were then unsealed on stage by NACTOY President Lauren Fix, Vice President Chris Paukert, and Secretary-Treasurer Kirk Bell.
That’s enough about the awards, let’s jump on to the winners.
2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year
The utility vehicle segment is one of the few booming sectors in the automotive industry. 2019 saw the arrival and resurgence of a plethora of utility vehicles. These vehicles don’t just have the ability to take the road less taken, but they can also provide the fun, exhilaration, people moving capacity that most other vehicles can’t offer.
Considering these all parameters, the Jurors, unanimously zeroed in on the newly launched Kia Palisade, as the winner of the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. However, it did face stiff competition from its own sibling, the Hyundai Palisade and Lincoln’s Aviator.
The 2020 Kia Telluride, comes in both FWD and AWD configurations and can seat 7 people, with ease. Talking of the prices, the Telluride’s prices range from $31,690 to $43,490.
2020 North American Truck of the Year
Americans and Trucks seem to have a never-ending love affair that reflects in the sales of these vehicles. Trucks are often seen as the go-to choice for people who want to explore new places and need their caravans and boats with them. Trucks can haul heavy loads and can do it with ease, any time.
For 2020, the jurors chose the Jeep Gladiator, worthy of the North American Truck of the Year award. However, it had to face a stiff and cut-throat competition from the popular Ford Ranger and the best-selling Ram Heavy Duty trucks.
The Gladiator is one of the starting points to Jeep’s range of trucks and prices for the same, ranges from nearly $32,000 to over $43,000.
2020 North American Car of the Year
This is the biggest and the most prestigious award that car makers compete for. 2019 saw the arrival of pretty amazing cars like the Toyota GR Supra, Hyundai Sonata, and plenty more.
However, there was one car that stood the tallest among all the cars that came out in 2019 and was the show-stopper of the year. You guessed it, right? Well, for those who didn’t, the winner of the 2020 North American Car of the Year, is the C8 Corvette Stingray.
The C8 Corvette is a big departure from the earlier Corvettes, as the C8, marks the introduction of a mid-engined lineup Corvette to be put into production for the 1st time in the brand’s history. While power and torque see a slight improvement over the C7 Corvette, Chevrolet has managed to start the pricing of the C8 Stingray coupe, under $60,000. Considering all these points, there were no reasons left for the Jurors to not select the C8 Corvette, as the 2020 North American Car of the Year.