A total of 54 of the possible 57 member journalists from the United States and Canada have chosen the "Short List" of finalists for the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards. Each juror voted for as many as 15 cars in each of the two categories. The NACTOY awards, as they are called, are now in their 23rd year.
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To be eligible, a vehicle must be new or substantially changed. The vehicles must also be popular sellers, which means many niche products like those from the exotic brands are ruled out. Last year’s winners were the Volkswagen Golf and Ford F-150.
Many of the member journalists will assemble at the Hell Creek Ranch, in Hell, Michigan, from October 13 to 15 to drive most or all of the finalists. A finalist list of three contenders in each category will be determined in December, a final vote will take place, and the winners will be announced at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 12th.
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The winners will come from the following lists.
2016 North American Car of the Year Short List
Mazda MX-5 Miata
North American Truck/Utility of the Year Short List
Nissan Titan XD
Tesla Model X