On the evening of May 3rd, executives from the New England Motor Press Association and WheelsTV met at WheelsTV’s Acton, Massachusetts headquarters to select the 2018 WheelsTV POV of the Year Recipient. The WheelsTV POV of the Year Award recognizes a pre-owned vehicle that has been in service for at least two years and demonstrates outstanding long-term reliability and exceptional consumer satisfaction. In 2017, the 2012-2015 Honda CR-V took top honors.

WheelsTV CEO Jim Barisano on the left helps Chris Naughton of Honda and Acura heft the largest (and heaviest) North American auto industry award at the 2017 Annual NEMPA Awards Night.

WheelsTV CEO Jim Barisano on the left helps Chris Naughton of Honda and Acura heft the largest (and heaviest) North American auto industry award at the 2017 Annual NEMPA Awards Night.

Now in its tenth year, the POVY is the only national award presented to a pre-owned vehicle. Winners are chosen from a diverse lineup in eight unique catagories: Green Car, SUV, Crossover, Sporty Car, Small Car, Family Car, Light Truck and Luxury Vehicle. Members of the Selection Committee present nominations for each category based on their knowledge and experience. Each category is considered separately and a category winner is selected by a majority vote, each selection committee member having one vote. The POVY winner is chosen from this group of eight vehicles by majority vote. The 2018 Judging Committee included:

John Paul – NEMPA President, American Automobile Association
Keith Griffin – NEMPA Past President, US News & World Report / The Hartford Business Journal,
John Zangari – NEMPA Member, Drive-Thru Auto
Mark Hurwitz – NEMPA Member, Mesh New England Magazine / Fairview Classics
Jim Barisano – WheelsTV CEO
Rich Taber – WheelsTV Senior Writer
Peter Ciani – WheelsTV Quality Control Manager

The 2018 Finalists are:

Green Car: the Toyota Prius, 4th Generation, 2016

SUV: Jeep Wrangler JK 07-16, 4th Generation

Crossover: Honda CR-V- 4th Generation

Sporty Car: Corvette: 5th Generation

Small Car: Mazda3: 4th Generation

Family Car: Ford Flex: 3rd Generation

Light Truck: Chevrolet Silverado: 4th Generation

Luxury Car: Mercedes Benz S-Class, 4th Generation

The 2018 WheelsTV POV of the Year will be named on Wednesday, May 30th at the New Motor Press Association’s Annual Awards Banquet at MIT’s Media Lab.

MIT Media Lab Boston

MIT Media Lab. Boston

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