Forty-eight automotive journalists from the United States and Canada have selected the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette, the Chrysler 300/300C and the Ford Mustang as finalists for the North American Car of the Year. The Ford Escape Hybrid, the Ford Freestyle and the Land Rover LR3 were chosen as finalists for the North American Truck of the Year.
The finalists were announced on Monday. The winners of the most prestigious automotive awards in North America will be announced on January 9th at the North American International Auto Show, which is not otherwise involved in the awards.
Each year since 1992 the jury of journalists representing newspapers, magazines and television honors a new car and a new truck that are benchmarks in their segments for performance in areas including innovation, value for the dollar, safety, ride and handling.
This year the journalists voted on 17 cars and 12 trucks. The jurors voted on these vehicles:
North American Car of the Year
Ford Five Hundred
Honda Accord Hybrid
North American Truck of the Year
Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford F-Series Super Duty
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Land Rover LR3
Last year´s North American Car of the Year was the Toyota Prius, while the North American Truck of the Year was the Ford F-150.
The awards are funded by dues paid by jurors and are administered by a seven-person organizing committee. They are Tony Swan (Car and Driver); John McElroy (Autoline Detroit); John Davis (MotorWeek); Don Chaikin (Popular Mechanics); Alex Law (Freelance); Mitch McCullough (New Car Test Drive) and
Christopher Jensen (The Plain Dealer).