LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MOTOR TREND today announced the Motor Trend Awards winners of the Golden Calipers for Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, SUV of the Year, and Person of the Year during a red carpet ceremony. An audience of industry executives and celebrity guests celebrated the winners at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The awards show was streamed live on the Motor Trend OnDemand SVOD service, YouTube, and the MOTOR TREND website. An OnDemand replay is available, which features award content, including complete details on the contenders, finalists, and winners, and a replay of the event broadcast.
"What an exceptional night to honor the best of the best in the industry," says Edward Loh, editor-in-chief of MOTOR TREND. "We are honored to present this year's coveted Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, SUV of the Year, and Person of the Year to some of the most well-deserving and innovative recipients we have had yet." This year's finalists were evaluated against six key criteria: safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence, and performance of intended function. Judges for each program came from the MOTOR TREND staff but also included two special guest judges for Car of the Year (legendary car designer Tom Gale and product development guru Chris Theodore) and one special guest judge for SUV of the Year (sales and marketing veteran Mike Accavitti). The Person of the Year was chosen from MOTOR TREND's annual Power List of the automotive industry's 50 most influential people. The details of the awards are: