Nine vehicles in three categories and eight makes were nominated for the 2023 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards on Thursday at Auto show in Los Angeles.
These include six electric vehicles — with at least one in each category, and the utility segment is made up entirely of electric vehicles.
The automotive finalists are a diverse group, including the compact luxury Acura Integra, the midsize luxury Genesis Electrified G80, and the compact sporty Nissan Z.
The truck category will be a battle between the two old automakers Chevrolet and Ford and the electric car startup Lordstown Motors. Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 SUV, all electric Ford F-150 Lightning or the unreleased Lordstown Endurance will take home the award.
All of the finalists in the utility category are fully electric, and this change is likely to remain. The Cadillac LyriqThe Genesis GV60 and Kia EV6 will compete.
To be eligible, the vehicle must be new or substantially modified.
The finalists were chosen from a shortlist of 26 cars announced in September.
Historically, the winners were announced during North American International Auto Show in Detroit during earlier January dates. Since the Detroit show took place this September, the winners will be announced at a separate multimedia event on January 11.
The 2022 winners were the Honda Civic, Ford Maverick and Ford Bronco.
The 50 jurors are automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada, including Richard Truett, an engineering reporter Automotive news.
The awards were founded in 1994.