DETROIT — The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and Chrysler Pacifica minivan are among 43 models under consideration for the 2017 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year.
The awards are selected by a jury of American and Canadian auto journalists and are widely viewed as an important gauge for car shoppers.
This will be the first year NACTOY will hand out three awards. The SUV category is new.
Jurors were told that minivans are included in the SUV category "because they compete primarily with SUVs like the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.
Contenders in the SUV category include the 2017 Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, Buick Envision, Cadillac XT5, GMC Acadia and Infiniti QX30. Also under consideration are the 2017 Kia Sportage, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Jaguar F-Pace, Mazda CX-9 and Nissan Armada.
In the truck category, the contenders are the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty, Ford F-150 Raptor, Honda Ridgeline and Nissan Titan half-ton.
There are 27 models eligible for 2017 Car of the Year. They include the Acura NSX, Buick Cascada, Rolls-Royce Dawn and Volvo S90.
The Honda Civic was named the 2016 North American Car of the Year and the Volvo XC90 won top truck honors.
Edmunds says: The prizes will be handed out in a ceremony on January 9 at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, an event that will be closely watched by car shoppers.