The 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year semifinalist list has been announced. That means two things: auto show season is nearly upon us and the weather is about to get a whole lot colder. We digress.
The 2018 list is a significant one, however. It marks the first time in years that no American-made car has been in the running for North American Car of the Year. It signals Detroit automaker’s focus on crossovers, trucks and SUVs. Although GM isn’t in the running for Car of the Year, it’s well-represented elsewhere.
GM has three crossovers competing for Utility of the Year and one truck competing for Truck of the Year. In the “Utility” category, judges have named the 2018 Buick Enclave, 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has semifinalists. For the “Truck” category, the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is up for top honors.
GM’s vehicles face stiff competition in the Utility segment, which ranges from Alfa Romeo, to Mazda, and Volvo. On the truck side of things, the Colorado ZR2 will face off against the Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator. Both body-on-frame SUVs were significantly updated for the 2018 model year.
Now, judges will continue to cut down the list until the finalists are announced later this year. The winners will be announced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.