“Nuts & Bolts” (#1301)

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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Open: John's Open

    (1:55)
  3. Segment 1: 2009 NACTOY Awards

    Guests:

    • Natalie Neff, AutoWeek
    • Paul Eisenstein, The Detroit Bureau
    (20:30)
  4. Close: John's Closing Thoughts

    (0:45)
  5. EXTRA: Natalie Neff, AutoWeek, Paul Eisenstein, The Detroit Bureau


    (8:31)

Synopsis

Natalie Neff, AutoWeek, Paul Eisenstein, The Detroit Bureau

Topic: 2009 NACTOY Awards

It's that time of year again in the auto world when hardware takes on a special definition. Screwdrivers, sandpaper and galvanized nails are replaced, for a short time, with crystal trophies and plaques proclaiming "The Best of" for the most recently-produced cars or trucks. And for the 15th consecutive year, a group of veteran automotive reporters will be handing out the "hardware" for the 2009 North American Car & Truck of the Year. But before these awards are presented at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, these fifty voters winnow each list down to the three top cars and the three top trucks. On this week's show, John McElroy is joined by two of his fellow NACTOY jurors to discuss the six vehicles which made the cut. In fact, both Natalie Neff from AutoWeek and Paul Eisenstein with the Detroit Bureau along with John, will not only talk about these half dozen candidates but also discuss some of the other cars and trucks that they thought may have deserved to make the list. And in the end you might even hear their predictions about which manufacturer will walk away with this year's North American Car & Truck of the Year.