Cadillac Gets Its First Car of the Year Award
And Dodge walks off with Truck of the Year
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2013 2:06 PM CST
Cadillac Chief Engineer David Leone kneels in front of the Cadillac ATS which was named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(Newser) – Cadillac won North American Car of the Year for the first time in the award's 19-year history, with the honor going to the ATS at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Dodge Ram 1500 was named Truck of the Year, the first win for Dodge since the awards were first handed out in 1984, the Detroit Free Press reports. The 49 journalist jurors chose the winning vehicles, which were announced this morning at the start of the show.

The ATS, a compact luxury car, beat such finalists as the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, while the Ram beat the Mazda CX-5 and the Ford C-Max Energi, a hybrid. The top Ram exec called it "the proudest day in Ram history," while a General Motors exec said the Cadillac's win was a "huge boost from a credibility standpoint."

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M Kline
Oct 15, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
Escalade and XLR are great!
steve1950
Jan 15, 2013 4:32 PM CST
Owned a "Cimarron" Worst car I ever owned, wouldn't get another Cadillac, ever !!! Have friends with Cadillacs,..maintenance nightmares. Going to have to show me some long term statistics before I would ever change !!
ken1945
Jan 14, 2013 11:54 PM CST
The two Bail Out Queens get the awards, I don't know why the government didn't bail out Twinkies, it had a union, also it's a national Icon. Have you noticed, everything Obama touches turns to GOLD, he saved the auto industry, (GM will stick the taxpayer with 30 billion, and Fiat and the unions got a car company for pennies on the dollar) he also got the taxes from the rich and by the way have you noticed everyone else too! I know that Liberals are ALWAYS right about being wrong, enjoy the ride, it has just got started. By the way Obama isn't interested in your Guns, he just wants your BULLETS, ammo will be in very short supply and also cost a fortune. By the way, will the last real American take the Old Glory for safe keeping, because the America we once knew is going to go down for the count, you can't spit in God's Face and get away with it. By the way have a good day....