With the end of one year and the beginning of another, it’s always a good time to look back at what happened in the automotive world in the past 12 months and pick cars of the year.
It was an ideal time to be part of an industry in 2018. Alternative fuels, ride-sharing platforms, alternative fuel, and the increasing interest in vintage cars and trucks. It was a whirlwind year.
Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia recap the year in Episode #67 of The Weekly Driver Podcast. We focus on the top-10 cars of the year I selected as editor and publisher of www.theweeklydriver.com.
Most industry publications and organizations select vehicles of the year in the preceding calendar year. At the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the 2019 Genesis G70 received several car-of-the-year awards. Genesis is deserving of praise, but its accolades follow the long-time practice of honoring cars too early.
We discuss the best cars of the year at the end of the year. It seems more logical to have time to consider all vehicles and add perspective to the selections. My selections for 2018 were chosen from estimated 40 cars and trucks I reviewed in 2018.
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Article Last Updated: January 3, 2019.
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A sports, travel and business journalist for more than 45 years, James has written the new car review column The Weekly Driver since 2004.
In addition to this site, James writes a Sunday automotive column for The San Jose Mercury and East Bay Times in Walnut Creek, Calif., and a monthly auto review column for Gulfshore Business, a magazine in Southwest Florida.
An author and contributor to many newspapers, magazines and online publications, James has co-hosted The Weekly Driver Podcast since 2017.