The 2020 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards are nearly upon us, and GM has once again made the short list of semifinalists under consideration, with the Corvette C8 and Cadillac CT5 both slotting into the highly competitive Car category.
For reference, the North American Car of the Year award is an annual accolade handed out to the finest automotive product produced for a given model year, with three separate categories for passenger cars, utility vehicles, and trucks. The winners are announced in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with “a jury of 50 respected jurors from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada” responsible for picking out the best of the best.
Multiple GM offerings made this year’s truck and utility categories as well. The last time a GM product snagged the top award in the car category was in 2017 with the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
The Chevrolet Corvette C8, for example, is one of the most hotly anticipated sports car debuts to drop in recent memory, moving to a brand-new mid-engine platform after nearly seven decades with a front-engine layout.
Meanwhile, the Cadillac CT5 is the brand’s latest D-segment luxury four-door, offering a blend of premium appoint and optional sporty flavoring to take on hard-hitters like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series.
Of course, the Corvette C8 and Cadillac CT5 will have their work cut out for them as they go head-to-head with a variety of other contenders for the prestigious award, including:
- BMW 3 Series
- Hyundai Sonata
- Kia Soul
- Mercedes-Benz A-Class
- Polestar 1
- Porsche 911
- Subaru Legacy
- Toyota Supra
- Volkswagen Arteon
We’ll be sure to follow this story as it develops to see how the Corvette C8 and Cadillac CT5 fair.