Do you know what happens when you build a class-leading vehicle? You get nominated for the 2013 North American Car of the Year award — that’s what.
The ATS is among the three finalists for the COTY award, selected by a panel of 49 journalists. The ATS is up against the 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Honda Accord — neither of which holds a candle to the ATS in terms of performance or driving dynamics… but we digress.
Offered in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations as well as a choice of powerful yet fuel-efficient four- and six-cylinder engines, the ATS also happens to be the lightest car in its class thanks to its unique vehicle architecture. Dubbed Alpha, the platform is engineered for nimble and sporty driving performance.
“The all-new ATS is the result of a comprehensive and focused mission to create a new sport sedan that challenges the world’s best,” said vice president of Cadillac marketing Don Butler. “It’s rewarding to the entire team that created ATS to be recognized for its hard work by auto experts.”
The COTY winner will be announced on January 14th during the North American International Auto Show. The car that’s not on the shortlist of COTY contenders, however, is the much-maligned Chevy Malibu — which has been criticized mostly for its subpar fuel economy and lackluster rear-seat room; the midsize sedan is crucial to GM’s sales volume success, and is expected to receive a refresh sometime next year.
The 2013 Truck of the Year (TOTY) finalists include the Ford C-Max (is that a “truck”?), Mazda CX-5, and Ram 1500. The last time a GM product won a COTY or a TOTY was the Chevy Volt, which took the 2011 award.
So, who do you think will win the COTY this year? Vote in the poll and sound off in the comments below!