2012 Detroit Auto Show: North American Car and Truck of the Year

By Keith Buglewicz | January 09, 2012
An annual tradition at the Detroit Auto Show—well, since 1994 anyhow—is the unveiling of the North American Car of the Year. Selected by 50 North American automotive journalists, the NACOY purports to honor the best all-new car and truck introduced for the current model year. And the winners this year are:
  • Car of the Year: 2012 Hyundai Elantra
  • Truck of the Year: 2012 Range Rover Evoque
Astute readers may notice something odd about the latter selection. The three finalists for Truck of the Year—the BMW X3, Honda CR-V and Range Rover Evoque—are not, technically speaking, trucks. Nor are they based off a traditional body-on-frame truck-type chassis. Instead, they're crossovers, based on car chassis. The difference may be lost on many people, but picking something as a "Truck of the Year" without it actually being a truck has rankled some, and in all fairness, the critics have a good point. Simply classifying anything that isn't a traditional passenger car as a "truck" not only dilutes the definition of a truck, but it also diminishes the quality of the award itself.
At least the Car of the Year award suffers from no such confusion. So there you have it, for whatever it's worth. Expect to see the award pimped mercilessly in advertising for the next few months at least. Just don't think that the "Truck of the Year" is in fact a real truck.
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