Kia and Alfa Romeo have for the first time ever been named finalists for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards. The nine vehicles still in the running for the 2018 awards also include two chances for Honda to extend its winning streak to a third consecutive year.
With the exception of a few major projects for its Jeep and Ram brands, FCA has slowed some product development activities while trying to hit aggressive financial targets for 2018 that the automaker set in 2014.
The list of semifinalists for the 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards has a few surprises: Alfa Romeo is up for two awards, no Detroit 3 brand cars made the cut, Tesla decided not to participate and only three trucks qualified.
Fiat Chrysler is considering spinning off Maserati and Alfa Romeo as well as its components operations as it seeks to focus on mass-market cars to make FCA more attractive for a potential combination, Bloomberg reported.