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Tesla withdraws Model 3 EV from 2018 NACOTY

Tesla withdraws Model 3 EV from 2018 NACOTY

Snapshot: With the withdrawal of the Tesla Model 3, there will be no electric car in the running of the 2018 NACOTY, as against 2017 when Chevrolet Bolt EV won the award.

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The North American Car of the Year award (NACOTY) are probably the biggest honor bestowed over a car on yearly basis, apart from the prestigious World Car of the Year Awards (WCOTY). The 2017 season of NACOTY was an exciting season as the Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle won the 2017 NACOTY, giving the electric cars a big push.

This year again, there were two main contenders who were considered to be the strong competitiors for the 2018 NACOTY – the newly launched Nissan Leaf EV and the Tesla Model 3. The Nissan Leaf 2018 was too late to join the 2018 NACOTY and couldn’t feature among the contenders. So it was all up to the Tesla Model 3 to win the crown for EVs in 2018.

Sadly, Tesla Motors has pulled out of the race to the competition at the very last moment and their reasoning seems far from being completely straight-forward. According to Detroit News, Tesla’s reason for withdrawing the Model 3 from NACOTY running, is weird and it says Tesla is “…focused on scaling up production and could not have a car available for jury testing.”

This reason has created a uproar in the market as critics are saying why couldn’t Tesla spare one single car for the event? No body is buying this excuse. Another part of the statement read - “we don’t want early copies of the Model 3 to be in 3rd party hands just yet”, perhaps some software issues have yet to be updated, as the car’s deliveries has only just begun.

But even more upsetting is the fact that with the withdrawal of the Model 3, there will be no electric car in the running of the 2018 NACOTY. The only remaining semifinalists in the “car” (all categories, as a matter of fact) category are either gasoline/diesel fueled cars or cars like Hyundai IONIQ which is part of the line/family of cars which includes a plug-in version. But we won’t see a standalone electric win this year.

This is also the first time in the award’s 25-year history, that not a single Detroit-based automaker is nominated for Car of the Year. This means people are moving towards SUVs and utility cars from sedans in America. General Motors leads all manufacturers with four nominees in the truck and utility categories. Ford has only 2 nominees this year - Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

Here’s the list of 2018 NACOTY semifinalists, as assembled by the Detroit News.

Car Of the Year

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2018 Audi A5 Sportback

2017 BMW 5-series

2018 Honda Accord

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

2018 Kia Rio

2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Lexus LC500

2017 Porsche Panamera

2018 Subaru Impreza

2018 Toyota Camry

Utility of the year

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Audi Q5/S5

2018 BMW X3

2018 Buick Enclave

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

2018 Honda Odyssey

2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Kia Niro

2018 Land Rover Discovery

2017 Mazda CX-5

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 VW Atlas

2018 VW Tiguan

2018 Volvo XC60

Truck of the Year

2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2018 Ford Expedition

2018 Lincoln Navigator

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Source: Detroit News

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