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NACTOY Adds Award Nominees

By Staff Writer July 15, 2020

The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards announced the addition of six vehicles to its list of 36 models eligible for the 2021 awards, including some late launches brought on by COVID-19-caused delays.

2021 Polestar 2, its first all-electric car
The 2021 Polestar 2, Polestar's first all-electric car made the list

The six additional car and utilities are:

  • 2020 Cadillac CT4/CT4-V
  • 2021 Kia K5
  • 2021 Polestar 2
  • 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e
  • 2021 Ford Bronco Sport
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

NACTOY expects it will add several more models before this year's list closes as jurors work to accommodate the industry's unusual and still-changing 2021 product release cadence.

"In order to provide consumers with the most comprehensive assessment of new cars, SUVs and trucks, we think that it is essential to be as inclusive as we can when it comes to vehicles that will be in showrooms by the end of 2020, so we're adjusting our time schedule accordingly," said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg.


 
Chevrolet's Corvette Stingray won Car of the Year in 2020
Chevrolet's Corvette Stingray won Car of the Year in 2020

NACTOY jurors make assessments of vehicles that qualify for consideration during their work for print, online, radio and broadcast outlets, and during an annual comparison drive, which will be held this year from October 5-8 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Semi-Finalists in each category will be announced at the LA Auto Show in November, Finalists in December and category winners in Detroit in January 2021.

To be eligible, vehicles must be all-new or substantially new and must be available at dealerships before the end of the year.

The previously released list of 2021 NACTOY candidates with additions:

                                                                                                             

 

    Car of the Year    

 2021

 Acura TLX

 2021

 BMW 330e and 330e xDrive

 2021

 BMW 430i, 430i xDrive, M440i xDrive

 2021

BMW 545e xDrive

 *2020

 Cadillac CT4/CT4-V

 2021

 Genesis G80

 2021

 Hyundai Elantra family (includes N Line  and HEV)

 *2021

 Kia K5

 2021

 Lexus   IS

 2021

 Mercedes-Benz E Class Sedan, All-          Terrain, Coupe, Cabriolet

 2021

 MINI Cooper SE

 2020

 Nissan Sentra

 *2021

 Polestar 2

 

 *Additions

 

  Utility of the Year

 2021

 BMW X2 xDrive25e

 2021

 BMW X3 xDrive30e

 *2021

 BMW X5 xDrive45e

 2021

 Buick Encore GX

 2021

 Cadillac Escalade

 2021

 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban

 2021

 Chevrolet Trailblazer

*2021

 Ford Bronco Sport

 2021

 Ford Mustang Mach E

 2021

 Genesis GV80

 2021

 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL

 2020

 Honda  CR-V Hybrid

 2021

 Hyundai Santa Fe

 2021

 Hyundai Venue

 2021

 Kia Seltos

 2020

 Land Rover Defender 90 and    110

 2020

 Lincoln Corsair Grand 

 2020

 Mazda CX-30

 *2021

 Mercedes-Benz GLA

 2021

 Nissan Rogue

 2020

 Toyota Highlander

 2021

 Toyota RAV4 Prime

 2021

 Toyota Sienna

 2021

 Toyota Venza

 2020

 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

 2021

 Volvo  XC40 P8 Recharge

 

 *Additions

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