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Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 Nab North American Car and Truck of the Year Honors.

North American Car of the Year

The North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards were announced today at the Detroit Auto Show, and the Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 walked away with the honors. The award is voted on by a panel of 50 auto journalists from print, online, and broadcast.

The Cadillac ATS is GM’s first credible luxury compact since, well, forever. Using BMW’s venerable 3-Series as a benchmark, Cadillac has created a highly competent and truly fun-to-drive sport sedan that need not make any excuses. It’s not just good-for-a-Cadillac, it’s just plain good. It will make you forget that the Cimarron even existed.

The Ram 1500 is the Chrysler group’s entry in the highly competitive full-size pickup truck arena, and they have made multiple improvements to help the Ram 1500 stand out from the class leading Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado. Ram has taken great pains to increase fuel efficiency, and they have achieved dramatic results by reducing weight wherever they can and improving drivetrain efficiency.

The Cadillac ATS topped fellow finalists Ford Fusion and Honda Accord for the top honors, while the Ram 1500 bested the Ford C-Max and Mazda CX-5 for the prize.

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