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Which finalist do you think will win the 2021 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award?

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E

    Votes: 8 100.0%
  • Genesis GV80

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Land Rover Defender

    Votes: 0 0.0%
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The Mach-E is one of three finalists for the 2021 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award. Others include the Genesis GV80 and Land Rover Defender. All three are great vehicles but which one does everyone think will win this award? Add your vote to the poll above.
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Nine Finalists for 2021 NACTOY Awards Announced

NACTOY names nine finalists for car, truck and utility of the year awards

DETROIT, December 17, 2020 – NACTOY jury voting for the 2021 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ Finalists is in and has been tallied and audited by Deloitte in Detroit.

The selection of nine finalists is the second-to-last step in the year-long evaluation process for the three awards before jurors vote and announce winners in January.

“In this very challenging year, these nine vehicles emerged as our Finalists out of an unusually strong field of 27 Semifinalists,” said NACTOY president Gary Witzenburg. “Each one of them – especially the 15 in the ultra-competitive utility vehicle category – is excellent in nearly every way. Not to mention the automakers’ unusually difficult challenge of getting our 50 jurors from all over North America into their candidate vehicles for testing and evaluation prior to our later-than-usual voting deadline.”

The process of selecting NACTOY’s coveted Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards begins with a list of all eligible new or substantially changed vehicles launched for each model year, which the jurors test and evaluate through three rounds of voting as they become available.

"Just as individual car buyers have their own purchase criteria, each of our 50 expert jurors has his or her own individual process for evaluating candidate vehicles," said NACTOY Vice President Jack R. Nerad, "which results in a robust and comprehensive competition that looks at the contenders from every possible angle. We are proud of the vast experience and diversity of our panel of jurors.”

Founded in 1994, these awards are the longest-running new-vehicle awards not associated with a single publication, website, radio or television station. They are judged by professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work for and contribute to a wide variety of magazines, newspapers, websites, television and radio stations. Because of the jurors’ independence, these awards are among the most respected in the industry. As always, NACTOY’s jury strives to honor excellence in automotive innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value.

Final voting will take place Jan. 2-4, 2021, and the 2021 NACTOY Car, Truck and Utility of the Year winners will be announced on January 11. Details about the new format of this event will be announced soon

ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN CAR, TRUCK, AND UTILITY VEHICLE OF THE YEAR™

The awards are intended to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The organization gives out three awards. They are: “North American Car of the Year™,” “North American Truck of the Year™,” and the “North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™.” The awards are unique because they are given by an independent jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada instead of being given by a single publication, website, radio or television station.
 

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Mach E, if it's as good as the reviews are saying. A non-compliance BEV from a mainstream automaker is a big deal. The GV80 is amazing (take a test drive) and one of the better offerings in its segment, but it isn't revolutionary.
 

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Mach-E will definitely win. The GV80 is a great car by all accounts, but it's not game changing. Sure it'll put the scare into the Germans, but the real innovative product is the Mach-E.
 
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