The end of the 2019 calendar year is nearly here, and that means it’s time for the 2020 North American Car of the Year awards. Of course, these annual accolades aren’t limited to cars, as they also recognize the best of the best in the utility and truck segments too, and General Motors has six semifinalist entries across the board. With that in mind, we’re taking a quick look at what The General has in the running, as well as a quick rundown on the competition.
Before we get into it, a quick note on the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards (NACTOY) themselves. For those that don’t know, the 2020 Car of the Year awards are an annual recognition of the finest four-wheeled products out there, as determined by a diverse jury of automotive journalists from print, online, radio and broadcast media, with jurors plucked from both the U.S. and Canada.
So, with that out of the way…
2020 North American Car Of The Year Contenders – Cadillac CT5, Corvette C8
The Cadillac CT5 is Caddy’s new D-segment sedan, taking on European competitors like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series with both performance and luxury stuffed into a single high-gloss package.
The Chevrolet Corvette C8 is nothing short of a game-changer for the highly celebrated Chevy nameplate, offering a new mid-engine platform that promises to take the Vette to all-new levels of performance.
Competition in the 2020 North American Car of the Year awards includes:
- BMW 3 Series
- Hyundai Sonata
- Kia Soul
- Mercedes-Benz A-Class
- Polestar 1
- Porsche 911
- Subaru Legacy
- Toyota Supra
- Volkswagen Arteon
2020 North American Utility Of The Year Contenders: Cadillac XT6, Chevrolet Blazer
Cadillac is in the running in the Utility segment as well thanks to the Cadillac XT6, the brand’s new SUV, which slots in between the Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac Escalade with 310 horsepower under the hood and seating for seven in the cabin.
Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Blazer continues the iconic nameplate in the midsize crossover segment with sharp styling and a range of four-cylinder and V6 powerplants.
Competition in the 2020 North American Utility of the Year awards includes:
- Audi e-tron quattro
- Ford Explorer
- Ford Escape
- Honda Passport
- Kia Telluride
- Hyundai Palisade
- Lincoln Aviator
- Lincoln Corsair
- Subaru Outback
- Volvo V60 Cross Country
2020 North American Truck Of The Year Contenders: Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD
GM’s heavy-duty trucks both made it to the semifinals, with both the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and 2020 GMC Sierra HD arriving as all-new pickups for this year. Under the skin is the GM T1 vehicle platform, while the powertrain lineup is enhanced with two new engines.
Competition in the 2020 North American Truck of the Year awards includes:
- Ford Ranger
- Jeep Gladiator
- Ram Heavy Duty
Look for the winners in all three categories to be announced early next year, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Cadillac news, Chevrolet news, GMC news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.