The Cadillac ATS and the Ram 1500 - photo from Detroit Free Press
Cadillac ATS - photo from Peter Ross
(DETROIT - AP) - The North American Truck of the Year is the Ram 1500 pickup, and the Car of the year is the Cadillac ATS.
The winners were unveiled this morning at Cobo Center in Detroit.
Car finalists included Cadillac ATS, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord. Truck/utility finalists were the Ford C-Max, Mazda CX-5, along with the Ram.
Forty-nine automotive journalists vote 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.
Free Press Auto Critic Mark Phelan, one of the jurors for the North American Car and Truck of the Year, selected the Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 as the Free Press Car and Truck of the Year.
WZZM's Peter Ross and Steve Zaagman are in Detroit to preview the show as well and will be adding photos to the photo gallery throughout the day.
AP/Detroit Free Press