Cadillac ATS, Ram 1500 Win Top Awards At North American Show

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The Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 pickup are the North American Car and Truck of the Year winners.

The winners were unveiled Monday morning at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Car finalists were the Cadillac ATS, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord. Truck and utility vehicle finalists were the Ford C-Max, Mazda CX-5, along with the Ram.

Forty-nine automotive journalists voted on the winning vehicles from the selected list of finalists.

A vehicle must be all new or substantially changed to be eligible.

This is the 20th year for the awards. Organizers accept no advertising, though carmakers try to capitalize on the marketing value of the honors.

Other News and Notes From the Show:

  • Toyota has dethroned General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker. The Japanese company says it sold 9.7 million cars and trucks worldwide last year, although it's still counting. GM says it sold 9.29 million.
  • Luxury automotive brand Infiniti unveilled a sports sedan at the North American International Auto Show with the help of Cirque du Soleil. The flashy debut of the Q50 featured a performance by the international troupe during press preview days at the Detroit auto show.
  • The head of Chrysler LLC's Jeep brand says the company is in talks to build some of its vehicles in China for that market. Jeep's President and CEO Mike Manley told reporters during press previews that any production would be "relatively incremental." Jeep sells several models in China, including the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Compass.
  • Honda is offering a glimpse of what its new small SUV could look like. The "Urban SUV Concept" is making its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Honda Motor Co. plans to launch the SUV in Japan by year's end and in the U.S. in 2014.
  • The Toyota Corolla is getting a facelift. But the jury is still out on how extreme its makeover should be. Toyota is hinting at a more daring style for the 2014 Corolla with the Furia, a concept car unveiled Monday. The concept allows the cautious company to see how people react to its styling changes before it releases the final version of the Corolla, which is expected to go on sale sometime this year.
  • Chrysler made the new Dodge Dart a little too European for American tastes. And the company's CEO says that fact is holding back sales of Chrysler's first innovative small car in years. The Dart, unveiled with much fanfare at last year's Detroit auto show, is off to a slow start after going on sale in May. Only 25,000 were sold last year, which CEO Sergio Marchionne concedes is below his expectations.