Just as fyidriving.com predicted, the Cadillac ATS beat out the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord to pick up top honors in the North American Car of the Year competition. The winners were announced at the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Winners are selected by a group of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.
Aiding the ATS in its victory were its entertaining performance, lightweight construction and range of powertrains, including rear- and all-wheel drive versions as well as a choice of four- and six-cylinder engines. A five-star overall crash-test rating didn’t hurt, either.
The ATS has also picked up Car of the Year awards from Esquire and the Motor Press Guild.
In the Truck of the Year category, the Ram 1500 emerged ahead of the Mazda CX-5 and Ford C-Max in the voting. This is the Ram’s second win; it was also voted number one in 1994. The judges liked the Ram’s best-in-class fuel economy, segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the redesigned interior.
The new Ram also has its share of awards, including Truck of the Year from the Texas Auto Writers’ Association.