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Ram 1500, Cadillac ATS win auto show awards

Jan 14th, 2013 - National News

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.

Visitors to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit will get a chance to grab a ride in electric and hybrid vehicles.

The "Aisin Drive Green Experience" takes place in Michigan Hall, on the lower level of Cobo Center. The presenting sponsor is Japanese auto parts supplier Aisin. Vehicles from a number of manufacturers will be on the indoor track.

Press previews are Monday and Tuesday, and public days of the show run from Saturday through Jan. 27. During press previews, members of the media will get to drive on the track. During the public show, visitors may ride as passengers.

The driving track has been set up in past years in the lower level of Cobo Center during the show.

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