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The 2014 Chevy Spark EV has been included in the 2014 North American Car of the Year long list. Cadillac won last year with the ATS, and this year Cadillac is pinning its hopes on the CTS and the ELR. The automakers with the most entries on the list are Chevrolet and Kia with 5 entries each.

The long list will be trimmed down to about 12 vehicles in the Fall, once all 50 jurors have had a chance to drive everything. This list will be narrowed down again to the top 3 before the winner is announced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

What do you think of the list? Could the Chevy Spark EV win the whole thing? I think I could see an amazing EV taking a good crack at it.

2014 North American Car of the Year Long List

2014 Acura RLX
2014 BMW 4 Series
2014 Cadillac CTS
2014 Cadillac ELR
2014 Chevrolet Corvette
2014 Chevrolet Impala
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
2014 Chevy SS
2014 Fiat 500L and E
2014 Honda Fit EV
2014 Infiniti Q50
2014 Jaguar F-Type
2014 Kia Cadenza
2014 Kia Forte, 5-door, Koup
2014 Kia Soul
2014 Kia Quoris
2014 Lexus IS
2014 Maserati Ghibli
2014 Mazda3
2014 Mazda6
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
2014 Nissan Versa Note
2014 Porsche Cayman/Cayman S
2014 Smart fortwo electric
2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year Long List

2014 Acura MDX
2014 BMW X5
2014 Buick Encore
2014 Chevrolet Silverado
2014 Ford Transit Connect / Wagon
2014 GMC Sierra
2014 Honda Pilot
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe LWB
2014 Jeep Cherokee
2014 Kia Sorento
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
2014 Nissan Rogue
2014 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo
2014 Ram 2500/3500
2014 Subaru Forester
2014 Toyota 4Runner
2014 Toyota Tundra
2014 Toyota RAV4
 

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I think that the Spark EV has a bit of an advantage because it is electric. This makes it a great example of innovation and forward thinking. Beyond that, it is pretty affordable too. It would be easier to say which cars are front-runners if we knew more about the criteria that the judges use.
 

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I don't think that the world is ready for an EV to win car of the year yet. Maybe in 2-4 years they would have a better chance. I think that the Cadillac CTS and the Jaguar F-Type are great cars, and I could also see a Porsche take the prize. It will be interesting to see the short list. It will also be easier to make predictions then.
 
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