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      10-02-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Just announced today is the short list for possible North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) winner, which will be announced at the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) in January. Per tradition, this list will be culled down to an even shorter finalist list prior to the show.

This year's car short list features the 2013 3 Series and the 2013 X1 on the truck/utility short list.

For the cars on this list that do not ultimately win, being named to the list is already a sign of distinction given the number of new cars introduced per model year. Below are the car and truck lists.


2013 NACTOY Truck/Utility short list

Acura RDX
Audi allroad
BMW X1
Ford C-Max
Ford Escape
Hyundai Santa Fe
Infiniti JX 35
Mazda CX-5
Nissan Pathfinder
Ram 1500


2013 NACTOY Car short list

BMW 3 Series
Cadillac ATS
Chevrolet Malibu
Dodge Dart
Ford Fusion
Honda Accord
Lincoln MKZ
Nissan Altima
Scion FR-S
Subaru BRZ
Toyota Avalon

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      10-02-2012, 11:37 AM   #2
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Nice the X1 got on the utility list.
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      10-02-2012, 12:49 PM   #3
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I'm not sure I feel all warm and fuzzy about it being on the same list as Ford Escape and C-MAX...
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      10-02-2012, 01:39 PM   #4
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They put trucks and utilities in the same list? Thats confusing.
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      10-02-2012, 03:09 PM   #5
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And in a somewhat related story, Forbes included X1 xDrive28i in their list of "6 Impressive New Cars for 2013":

"Of the dozens of vehicles I drove during IMPA Test Days, the BMW X1 was the most surprising..."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewd...cars-for-2013/
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      10-03-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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And in a somewhat related story, Forbes included X1 xDrive28i in their list of "6 Impressive New Cars for 2013":

"Of the dozens of vehicles I drove during IMPA Test Days, the BMW X1 was the most surprising..."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewd...cars-for-2013/
Very nice description in the article of the X1 driving experience and looks. Thanks for posting this!
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      10-03-2012, 09:57 PM   #7
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Stiff competition this year - there are some very good vehicles on that list. At least half the vehicles on the utility side were on my list at one time. It will be interesting to see this shakes out.

Despite the lack of power, I think the CX-5 has a very good shot at taking it. (I think it would be a slam dunk if the diesel were available now.) I'll be surprised if the Fusion or ATS doesn't take the car title.
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      10-04-2012, 07:50 AM   #8
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Stiff competition this year - there are some very good vehicles on that list. At least half the vehicles on the utility side were on my list at one time. It will be interesting to see this shakes out.

Despite the lack of power, I think the CX-5 has a very good shot at taking it. (I think it would be a slam dunk if the diesel were available now.) I'll be surprised if the Fusion or ATS doesn't take the car title.
I also think it's a stiff one this year especially car of the year. ATS and Fusion does stand out as they take a huge step forward from their brand/old model. Especially Fusion hybrid that does 47mpg. Accord come close too imo as it offer lots of new features in its class, best ever cvt, class leading mpg on V6. However nothing got more attention this year than FR-S/BRZ that also impress all the auto journalist. Close call...

CX5 is very nice but it is just the the same direction as X1. Offer most fun to drive in its class while giving class leading mpg. Except X1 engine is much more impressive than that skyactiv. However both have the problem of not having the best interior room and material in its class. Dispite all the 'fire' it catches the Escape is also impressive compare to the old model.

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ROFL at the X1 being categorized as a 'Truck/Utility' IMHO... It's a tall station wagon: it handles, drives and feels like a (very good) car, it's based on a car platform... it's a car!
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8 of the 10 "trucks" are based on cars, small cars at that. Actually it could be 9, I can't recall if the new Pathfinder is car based. Oh yeah, the Pathfinder is the same as Infiniti JX and based on the Altima/Maxima chassis. So really it's the Dodge Ram vs a bunch of tall cars.
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      10-04-2012, 01:54 PM   #11
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8 of the 10 "trucks" are based on cars, small cars at that. Actually it could be 9, I can't recall if the new Pathfinder is car based. Oh yeah, the Pathfinder is the same as Infiniti JX and based on the Altima/Maxima chassis. So really it's the Dodge Ram vs a bunch of tall cars.
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      10-07-2012, 04:26 AM   #12
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Um I thought the x1 was based on a 3 series floor plan (with the wheel excatly the same distance apart ... might be wrong but after jumping out of a 1 series into x1 the extra size is noticable
I must have a drive in the 28 and 35 to see how they go
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      10-08-2012, 09:43 AM   #13
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ROFL at the X1 being categorized as a 'Truck/Utility' IMHO... It's a tall station wagon: it handles, drives and feels like a (very good) car, it's based on a car platform... it's a car!
I'd call it a hatchback on steroids, or a short station wagon.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatchba..._station_wagon

It's definitely no SUV (which is why I'm keeping my SUV).

But most of all, the X1 is a fun car to drive, with 35i having one of the highest power:mass factors of any BMW short of the Z and M.
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