Of the numerous product launches that have occurred throughout 2015, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu showed it was up to snuff by the Automotive Press Association, the association responsible for the North American Car of the Year award.
A panel of 53 judges, made up of automotive media across the United States and Canada, announced the finalists after weeding through the 49 contenders for the award.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is the only domestic vehicle found on the list.
“Chevy needs a car that can go toe-to-toe with models like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima,” said Detroit Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan. “The 2016 Malibu is that car.”
Also in the running for the 2016 NACOTY are the all-new, tenth-generation Honda Civic and Mazda MX-5 Miata.
The award winners will be presented at the 2016 North American International Auto Show on January 11. In the meantime, Chevrolet also has one other vehicle up for an award, too. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt also found its way as a finalist for the Autoblog Tech Car of the Year, which will also be presented at 2016 NAIAS, as well.