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Acura, Ford, and Kia Given Top Honors at 2023 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ Awards

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PONTIAC, January 11, 2023 ~ The 2023 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ (NACTOY) award winners were announced today at M1 Concourse in Pontiac.

The North American Car of the Year™ was awarded to the  Acura Integra, the Ford F-150 Lightning was named the North American Truck of the Year™, and the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ award was given to the Kia EV6.

This year showed the unprecedented variety of vehicles on sale today, including reborn models of iconic nameplates, numerous electric vehicles, thrilling high performance or off-road vehicles, impressive luxury products, and even all-new manufacturers,” said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg.


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(CONTINUED) This was an extremely competitive year, but this year’s winners rose to the top to earn the collective votes of our 50 jurors, and we congratulate Acura, Ford and Kia for bringing their outstanding offerings to market this year.”

This year’s NACTOY awards began with 47 eligible vehicles, which jurors later narrowed in three rounds of independently verified voting.

Throughout the year, NACTOY jurors spent hundreds of hours test driving, researching and evaluating vehicles to cast the votes that named the 2023 NACTOY award winners.

Founded in 1994, these awards are the longest-running new-vehicle awards not associated with a single publication. They are judged by 50 professional automotive journalists from a wide variety media outlets in the United States and Canada. The votes are confidentially tallied by Deloitte LLP, ensuring each stage of the award cycle is the collective decision of all jurors.