Tesla, Detroit sedans not up for car of year

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY HENRY PAYNE The Detroit News

Semi­fi­nal­ists for the pres­ti­gious 2018 North Amer­i­can Car, Truck and Util­ity of the Year were an­nounced Fri­day morn­ing, and the list is as no­table for what did not make it as for what did.

For the first time in the award’s 25-year his­tory, not a sin­gle Detroit-based au­tomaker is nom­i­nated for Car of the Year — a sign of the mas­sive mar­ket shift to sport util­ity ve­hi­cles over sedans.

Since the 2008 re­ces­sion, SUV sales have surged to over 60 per­cent of mar­ket share, with Gen­eral Mo­tors Co. and Ford Mo­tor Co. study­ing whether to end pro­duc­tion of full­size and sub­com­pact au­tos. No new Detroit Three sedans were el­i­gi­ble for this year’s NACTOY se­lec­tion process.

Iron­i­cally, one of the year’s most an­tic­i­pated ve­hi­cles is a sedan, the Tesla Model 3. But Tesla with­drew the Sil­i­con Val­ley-made electric ve­hi­cle, say­ing it is fo­cused on scal­ing up pro­duc­tion and could not have a car avail­able for jury test­ing.

GM leads all man­u­fac­tur­ers with

four nom­i­nees in the truck and util­ity cat­e­gories. Up for Util­ity of the Year will be the mid­size Buick En­clave, and GM’s Chevro­let divi­sion will have three nom­i­nees for the NACTOY tro­phy. The com­pact Chevy Equinox and

Please see Car of year, Page 11A

Tesla

Tesla with­drew the Model 3 from con­sid­er­a­tion, say­ing it could not have a car avail­able for jury test­ing.

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