Every year, the automakers who serve the North American market participate in a series of auto shows that premier new production models and concept vehicles to the public. The season includes the Los Angeles show in early December, the Detroit show in early January, the Chicago and Toronto shows in February, and the New York show just after Easter.
Looking Into The Future
Among the key events at each of these shows are the debut of several concept vehicles that are used to judge the public’s reaction to future designs and features. Early concept vehicles were more “why not” than “what if,” but in the last few decades, the manufacturers have moved their concept vehicle exercises much closer to reality.
At the end of each auto show season, a group of professional automotive journalists from across the US and Canada compile a list of the concept vehicles that made their North American debut that season. The list is broken down into categories of Concept Cars, Concept Trucks, and Production Preview Concept. The latter category is for the final-stage prototypes of models confirmed for production.
Recognizing The Best
The best of each season’s concepts are recognized by the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards program. The journalists serve as a jury to select four finalists from each category. From those finalists, a winner in each category is named, and the top scoring winner from the three categories is named as the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year.
Top Concept Trucks
Given the interests of our trucker audience, we’re offering a sneak peek at the candidates for the 2013 Concept Truck of the Year. Because the line between trucks, SUVs, and the increasingly popular crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) is becoming more blurred each year, some of the utility vehicles in the category might not appear to be trucks at first glance. However, rest assured that each has serious cargo capabilities among its key features.
Here is the list of concept trucks the jurors will be reviewing, which is your favorite?
Honda Urban SUV
Nissan Hi-Cross Concept
Volkswagen Cross Blue