While High Gear Media preps for the opening salvo at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), we're also preparing for Monday's announcement of the 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year winners.
As one of the 49 jurors voting for the award, I'm proud that all six of the nominees are truly groundbreaking entries--whether we're talking about the dueling electric cars, the 2011 Nissan Leaf or the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the game-changing trio of 2011 Hyundai Sonata models, or the reborn trio of utility vehicles coming from Michigan--the 2011 Ford Explorer, the 2011 Dodge Durango and the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The winners will be named on Monday at 8:00 a.m., but this weekend, your local public-television station or Web browser can bring you up to date on the three finalists for each award. Our colleagues over at Autoline Detroit are covering the nominees in two episodes of their Emmy-winning show. Last week's episode, with Autoblog's Chris Paukert and Popular Mechanics' Larry Webster, talked about the North American Truck of the Year finalists.
This week's episode airs tomorrow on most public-TV affiliates, but like previous episodes, it's available online now. In it, I join Car and Driver editor Eddie Alterman to talk about the car finalists with host John McElroy. There's very little chair-throwing and no epithets are hurled--it's just a sharp, frank discussion of the Volt, the Leaf and the Sonata, and our guesses on which vehicle will win the top honors this week.
High Gear Media is all over the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. For the very latest news, you'll want to follow us on Facebook, or on Twitter @highgearmedia. For one-stop coverage of everything that's happening at Cobo Hall, bookmark our 2011 Detroit Auto Show page over at MotorAuthority.
And to watch this week's Autoline Detroit, check the listings for your local public-television affiliate's programming--or just watch it now over at the Autoline Web site.
This story originally appeared at The Car Connection