NACTOY semifinalists announced, 23 new vehicles

Semifinalists of the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) awards were announced at the inaugural Motor Bella event at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan on September 21.

For the 2022 awards, 23 new vehicles made the list of semifinalists, which includes eight cars, six trucks, and nine utility vehicles that are all new or substantially new. These are vehicles that are or will be on sale in showrooms across North America this year.

“This year’s group of semifinalists includes some of the most interesting and innovative cars, trucks and utility vehicle candidates in recent memory, and a larger number of new trucks than we’ve seen in many years,” said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg.

Witzenburg said the list also features more electric vehicles “than we’ve ever seen,”—all of which the jurors will continue to test and evaluate prior to the next vote.

The jurors evaluating the vehicles throughout the year include people from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada. They will vote three times during the year to reduce the list of eligible vehicles down to semifinalists, finalists, and the winners.

Up next is the annual comparison drive that will take place October 18-21, where jurors will evaluate the semifinalist before selecting the three finalists in each group.

“The finalists will be announced at the LA Auto Show on November 17, and winners will be announced in January 2022 during an event hosted by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association in Detroit,” said the NACTOY organization.

The full list of 2022 semifinalists are:

North American Car of the Year

  • Audi A3
  • Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
  • Genesis G70
  • Honda Civic
  • Lucid Air
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Volkswagen Golf Mk VIII (Golf R/Golf GTI)

North American Truck of the Year

  • Ford Maverick
  • GMC Hummer EV
  • Hyundai Santa Cruz
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Rivian R1T
  • Toyota Tundra

North American Utility Vehicle of the Year

  • Ford Bronco
  • Genesis GV70
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Hyundai Tucson (HEV/ICE/PHEV)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee (ICE, PHEV, L)
  • Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer
  • Kia Carnival
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • VW ID.4
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