Today, from the Los Angeles Auto Show, North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) announced the Ford Bronco as a finalist in its upcoming awards. The Bronco is up against the Genesis GV70 and the Hyundai IONIQ 5 for the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.
Founded in 1994 with the SUV category added in 2017, the independent and jury-judged NACTOY Awards honor excellence in innovation, design, safety, performance, tech, driver satisfaction, and value. This year, NACTOY’s jurors voted on a competitive and diverse field of 23 semifinalists across three categories – Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle.
Narrowed Down to Nine
In addition to the three vehicles in the SUV category, other finalists are the Honda Civic, Lucid Air, and Volkswagen Golf Mk VIII (Golf R/Golf GTI) for the Car of the Year, and the Ford Maverick, Hyundai Santa Cruz, and Rivian R1T for the Truck of the Year.
“These nine vehicles represent an unusually excellent and diverse group of finalists,” said NACTOY president Gary Witzenburg. “From new OEMs to vehicles that have created fresh segments in their categories, these vehicles showcase the automotive industry’s current diversification. This year’s finalists also illustrate how many more electric vehicles are becoming available to customers across multiple vehicle types.”
NACTOY’s awards are determined through a series of three votes by a group of 50 automotive journalists from an array of magazines, newspapers, websites, and television and radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.
“The diverse opinions of our jurors bring together a combination of expertise and individual testing regimens to select these nine outstanding finalists,” said NACTOY Vice President Jack R. Nerad. “This results in a comprehensive and thoughtful selection process unique to NACTOY.”
The jurors, who have tested and evaluated eligible new or substantially changed vehicles that launched this year, vote for their choices based on elements including automotive innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value.
Winners Announced in January
The jury votes were tallied and audited by Deloitte. The selection of nine finalists is the second-to-last step in the year-long evaluation process for the three awards before the final jury vote and the announcement of the winners.
Final voting will take place Dec. 30 – Jan. 5, 2022, and the 2022 NACTOY Car, Truck and Utility of the Year winners will be announced in early January.