There’s some great news for the Saab 9-4x this week. The new Saab crossover has not only enjoyed some fantastic reviews since being released earlier this year, it’s now been shortlisted for the 2012 North American Truck of the Year award.
Elegible vehicles are selected based on the fact that are either new, or substantially changed from the previous year’s model and have a reasonable expectation of selling 2,000 units per annum. Vehicles made both in North America and outside are eligible.
Seven vehicles have been shortlisted for the TOTY award and they are as follows:
- BMW X3,
- Honda CR-V,
- Land Rover Range Rover Evoque,
- Mercedes-Benz M-Class,
- Mini Countryman,
- Nissan Quest,
- Saab 9-4X
The jury consists of 50 motoring journalists from the US press and the shortlisted vehicles will be pared down further to just three finalists.
The finalists will be announced in December and the winner will be announced at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Saab 9-4x would be a worthy winner of this award as it’s a superb vehicle with wonderful driving characteristics, and it’s also a significant story in the life of the little-company-that-could. Jurors consider “value for the dollar, innovation, handling, performance, safety and driver satisfaction” and the Saab 9-4x delivers on all counts. I hope the jury get to spend some seat time in it again before they cast their final ballot.
The field is formidable, however, with the X3 significantly refreshed and the Evoque wowing all-comers at the LA Auto Show last year.
All respect to the winner. And he’s hoping we’ll be raising a glass to the Saab 9-4x in January!