The first round of voting is over for the North American Car and Truck of the Year award, and seven vehicles from Detroit are left standing, including three trucks from General Motors.
The Chevrolet Colorado and Tahoe, and GMC Canyon made the cut. GM trucks that were eliminated were the Cadillac Escalade, and Chevrolet Suburban and Trax. The only GM car up for honors, the Cadillac ATS Coupe, didn’t survive the first round.
According to judge Mark Phelan of The Detroit Free Press, a car or truck must be all or significantly new to be eligible for the competition, so something like the Camaro Z/28 wouldn’t make the cut − just adding a new engine or receiving a mid-cycle refresh isn’t enough. Vehicles must also have been scheduled to go on sale in 2014.
As one of 60 journalists whose job is to select the North American Car and Truck of the Year, Phelan will next spend the following six weeks re-evaluating the surviving crop before choosing three car and three truck finalists. Those will be announced December 9, which will be followed by a final round of evaluations before they vote on the winners, who will be announced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.