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      10-02-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Just announced today is the short list for possible North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) winner, which will be announced at the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) in January. Per tradition, this list will be culled down to an even shorter finalist list prior to the show.

This year's car short list features the 2013 3 Series and the 2013 X1 on the truck/utility short list.

For the cars on this list that do not ultimately win, being named to the list is already a sign of distinction given the number of new cars introduced per model year. Below are the car and truck lists.


2013 NACTOY Car short list

BMW 3 Series
Cadillac ATS
Chevrolet Malibu
Dodge Dart
Ford Fusion
Honda Accord
Lincoln MKZ
Nissan Altima
Scion FR-S
Subaru BRZ
Toyota Avalon


2013 NACTOY Truck/Utility short list

Acura RDX
Audi allroad
BMW X1
Ford C-Max
Ford Escape
Hyundai Santa Fe
Infiniti JX 35
Mazda CX-5
Nissan Pathfinder
Ram 1500

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Nice the X1 got on the utility list.
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No A4 or C350?

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Why are the FR-S and BRZ both nominated? Aren't they the same car with a different badge and a slightly different body (if that)?
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Here's the semifinal list.

http://www.insideline.com/dodge/dart...announced.html
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I'm going to say Ford Fusion for COTY. Don't know about the utility/trucks.
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      10-02-2012, 01:35 PM   #7
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I'm betting on the Subaru BRZ for COTY. Truck of the year is a joke b/c they included a dodge pickup.
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Don't care much for truck/utility vehicles, but looking at the car list, it'd have to be the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ – a simple, light-weight, affordable, no-frills, RWD sports car with a low CoG that brings the fun of driving back to the driver. It’s not perfect, but it’s proof that the so-called progress that has made modern cars big/heavy and the driving experience "digitized" is not necessarily better. I hope more car companies will embrace this “old school with a modern touch” philosophy/approach when designing a car.

After narrowly missing out on getting a 1M last year, I have decided to wait until late next year to pick up a 2014 Scion FR-S (hopefully they’ll have worked out some of the kinks in the first model year by then).
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Lincoln MKZ??!!!!

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It will probably be the ats.
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I can already guarantee you the ATS will win. Regardless if it is the better car or not.
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COTY will be Accord, 3 series, or ATS. Truck will be CX-5, CMAX, or X1.
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North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) winner, which will be announced at the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) in January. Per tradition, this list will be culled down to an even shorter finalist list prior to the show.

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2013 NACTOY Car short list[/u]

BMW 3 Series
Cadillac ATS
Chevrolet Malibu
Dodge Dart
Ford Fusion
Honda Accord
Lincoln MKZ
Nissan Altima
Scion FR-S
Subaru BRZ
Toyota Avalon


2013 NACTOY Truck/Utility short list

Acura RDX
Audi allroad
BMW X1
Ford C-Max
Ford Escape
Hyundai Santa Fe
Infiniti JX 35
Mazda CX-5
Nissan Pathfinder
Ram 1500
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its going to be the Dodge Dart. They are going to factor in cost plus Dodge need some sales boost.
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its going to be the Dodge Dart. They are going to factor in cost plus Dodge need some sales boost.
Isn't that "powered" no pun intended by the engine from a Fiat 500?
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It's really NACTOY...North American Car and Truck of the Year. The body of the article incorrectly refers to it as North American Car of the Year.
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Previous winners include the PT Cruiser, Saturn Aura and Hyundai Elantra. Don't be too offended if the 3er doesn't win.
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Isn't that "powered" no pun intended by the engine from a Fiat 500?
Yes, the Dart engine is a more highly tuned version of the engine in the Fiat 500 Abarth. Sweet, little turbo powerplant - perfect for a smaller, lighter car.
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Isn't that "powered" no pun intended by the engine from a Fiat 500?
Yes, the Dart engine is a more highly tuned version of the engine in the Fiat 500 Abarth. Sweet, little turbo powerplant - perfect for a smaller, lighter car.
The Dart is another great example of Chrysler/Fiat vision. I don't mean to drink the Kool-Aid all that much but the fact of the matter is Chrysler is making better cars than either GM or Ford currently.
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X1 has better chance of winning than the 3 Series. Why? Read the reviews, not one compliant or negative comment regarding the X1.
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Sounds like the right forum for an American car to win
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