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(DETROIT) -- General Motors dominated the finalists for the 2014 North American Car of the Year, taking two of the three spots. It also took one of the three spots for 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

Forty-eight automotive journalists from the United States and Canada voted the Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Mazda3 finalists for the 2014 North American Car of the Year.

The journalists voted the Acura MDX, Chevrolet Silverado and Jeep Cherokee the finalists for the 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

The awards recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

To be eligible, vehicles must be "all new" or "substantially changed."

Early in December jurors sent their ballots to Deloitte & Touche. The accounting firm kept the finalists secret until today.

At a news conference at the Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit Diane DeFrancis, a partner at Deloitte, handed two sealed envelopes over to Joann Muller, one of the NACTOY judges and the Detroit Bureau Chief of Forbes Media, who made the announcements.

Now there will be a second round of voting on the three car and three truck/utility finalists. Those ballots also go to Deloitte officials, who will keep the winners secret until a news conference on Monday, January 13th at the North American International Auto Show.

 


Diane DeFrancis


Joann Muller

Information from www.northamericancaroftheyear.com

 

PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY ROBERT BENKO

(DETROIT) -- U.S. auto sales of light vehicles in November 2013 indicated an increase in sales of 8% of the U.S. automobile companies.

GM sold 212, 060 with an increase of 13.7% from 2012
Ford sold 189,705 with an increase of 7.1% from 2012
Toyota sold 178,044 with an increase of 10.1% from 2012
Honda sold 116,507 with a decrease of .1% from 2012
Chrysler sold 142,275 with an increase of 16.1% from 2012
Hyundai sold 56,005f with an increase of 4.7% from 2012
Nissan sold 106,528 with an increase of 10.7% from 2012

The Detroit Big Three had 43.6% of all car sales in November 2013. Compared total for 2013 with 2012 total sales through November, the increase was 8% more vehicles sold. The prediction for 2013 is an increase for all domestic automakers for a total of 15.4 million vehicles.

G.B.V & J.B.

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:34

Ford's US sales rose 7 percent in November

DETROIT (AP) - Ford's U.S. sales rose 7 percent in November, led by strong demand for the Fusion midsize car and F-Series pickups. Ford said Fusion sales jumped 51 percent over last November to 22,839. F-Series pickup sales were up 16 percent to 65,501. But sales of the Escape SUV - one of Ford's best sellers - dropped slightly to 20,988, and Focus small car sales were off almost 17 percent to 15,239. Explorer SUV sales also were down nearly 9 percent to 13,220. Ford said its Lincoln luxury brand sales rose 17 percent to 6,727 on strong sales of the MKZ midsize sedan.

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:33

GM November US sales up nearly 14 percent

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says its November U.S. sales rose nearly 14 percent on strong demand for pickup trucks, SUVs and large cars. The company says it sold more than 212,000 cars and trucks last month, up from nearly 187,000 a year ago. Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, GM's top-selling vehicle, rose 12 percent and sales of the GMC Sierra pickup increased 23 percent. GM's increase outpaced crosstown rival Ford, which reported a 7 percent gain. GM also was helped by sales of the Chevy Tahoe SUV, which rose 23 percent, and the Chevy Impala, which was up more than 20 percent. Healthy increases from GM and Chrysler are signs that U.S. sales will rise over November of last year, a strong month because of sales delayed by Superstorm Sandy.