Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

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John McElroy is host of the TV program “Autoline Detroit“. Every week he’ll bring his unique insights as an auto industry insider to Autoblog readers.

NOTE: Autoline on Autoblog is normally published every Thursday, so apologies for the delay last week that had nothing to do with John. His next post will appear on time this Thursday.

NACTOTY TEST DRIVE DAY
By John McElroy

An hour ago, as I write this, I was just completing two days of driving all kinds of cars and trucks for the 2008 North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards. This is where a bunch of us automotive journalist jurors gather to do back-to-back driving comparisons of the cars and trucks that have come out so far this year. Except that the cars we just drove are the ones that made it through our winnowing process to qualify for our short list.

This year, like last, our center of operations were based in Hell, Michigan which offers a surprisingly good selection of twisty, undulating, and heaving roads that are liberally sprinkled with patches of rough pavement and impact strips. Ideal for finding out what a car is really like.

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