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Which of these vehicles will be named North American Car of the Year?

 - 04/12/2017

As the LA Auto Show gets underway, the final list of competitors for each of the three categories that make up the North American Car of the Year Awards has been officially revealed.

The Maya would appear to have been truly environmentally conscious. True, they regularly cut down trees from the forest to make space for farmland, but they were also careful to farm under the canopy to preserve the forest. Why then did Tikal collapse? It wasn’t until 2014 that an international team of researchers (including those from the University of Cincinnati) answered some of the many hypotheses surrounding the site. After careful study of the former inhabitants’ cultural mores and various plants, their answer was two-fold: repeated natural droughts and intensive, if partial, forest clearing. The latter would have naturally dried out the surrounding land which led to a lack of water and therefore, food.

This year's best car category is made up purely of Asian marques with the Honda Accord, Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry named as the three finalists. In the Utility segment, a new award category introduced last year to reflect consumers' changing automotive tastes, a homegrown model is also absent. The three finalists are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Honda Odyssey and the Volvo XC60.

However, the truck of the year category is made up purely of US vehicles with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 up against the Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator. 

"The 2018 finalists reflect the incredible variety of vehicles and new, advanced technology automakers are adding to their offerings as well as the increasing emphasis on making the most advanced safety features available to consumers even on affordable models," said Mark Phelan, President of NACTOY.

Judged by a jury of automotive journalists, the finalists were voted for via a closed ballot and now that the short list is official, the jury will once again take these cars out on the road and put them through their paces to decide which offer the best value for money, safety, driver involvement and innovation.

"We continue to get exceptional contenders each year, and this year is no different. The task of selecting these nine finalists -- especially in the car and ultra-competitive utility category -- was extremely difficult," NACOTY Secretary-Treasurer Lauren Fix said.

The winners in each of the three categories will be announced on January 15 in Detroit on the eve of the North American International Auto Show.


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