By on October 13, 2015

2016 Nissan Titan XD

The Texas Auto Writers Association said Tuesday that the new, diesel-powered Nissan Titan XD was the 2015 Texas Truck of the Year and the Ford F-Series won Truck Line of Texas, alongside 22 other awards in a bi-annual affair held on non-consecutive Sundays until an eventual winner is crowned after a round-robin, double-elimination playoff.

The award for the Titan XD is the first for the truck, which will go on sale in December. Texas auto writers awarded the Ram 2500 with best heavy-duty pickup, Ram 1500 Rebel as the best full-size pickup and the new Toyota Tacoma as the best mid-size pickup.

According to the association, 69 writers voted on 24 awards.

Volvo’s XC90 won best luxury crossover and was awarded CUV of Texas.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles netted the most awards by any automaker with eight total awards including best mid-size SUV for the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel.

The Titan XD won best luxury pickup and best off-roading pickup, albeit in two different trims.

The Texas Auto Writers Association will meet again in March to hand out 19 more awards.


Hi all,

I’m sorry, but I need to say something about this.

There was a time when the TAWA Truck Rodeo was almost respectable. Now? TAWA has completely lost the plot when it comes to testing and awarding automakers for their efforts.

How is it that an organization with 69 voting members at an event can come up with 24 different awards?

Well, a lot of it comes down to many of those award segments only having two or three competitors.

Specifically, four categories — Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicles, Compact Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles, Mid-Size Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles and Off-Road Utility Vehicles — had only two competitors. For these, you could have easily given the award based on a coin flip.

An additional six categories — Full-Size Crossover Utility Vehicles, Compact Sport Utility Vehicles, Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicles, Full-Size Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles, Mid-Size Pickup Trucks and Heavy Duty Pickup Trucks — had just three competitors.

Not only that, but there are three awards that literally nobody will use to make a purchasing decision: Best Powertrain Award, Best Technology Award and Best Connectivity Award.

And Truck Line of Texas? How could this tidbit of information ever be used when making a purchasing decision?

What’s missing? Nothing about the most capable truck, nor one that’s best for towing, hauling, or just getting work done. Instead, the Truck Rodeo is now nothing but an exercise in bestowing automakers with jewelry they can later advertise over regional and national radio and television.

Not to take anything away from Nissan and their fine, fine, fine pickup — but Texas, you can do better than this.

— Mark

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51 Comments on “Everything Is Bigger In Texas, Including its Automotive Press Awards...”


  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    So, uh, we gonna see the non-XD Titan soon or what?

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    So, the Titan won this award, but how many of those 69 voters have actually driven the truck?

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “The Texas Auto Writers Association said Tuesday that the new, diesel-powered Nissan Titan XD was the 2015 Texas Truck of the Year and the Ford F-Series won Truck Line of Texas, alongside 22 other awards in a bi-annual affair held on non-consecutive Sundays until an eventual winner is crowned after a round-robin, double-elimination playoff.”

    I can’t read this, can it become three sentences?

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      “a bi-annual affair held on non-consecutive Sundays until an eventual winner is crowned after a round-robin, double-elimination playoff.”

      That’s worth a couple-three in itself. Especially if the reader is to be acquainted with the Bible Belt’s feelings about scheduling anything for consecutive Sundays.

      OK, I jest but I’m still confrused.

    • 0 avatar
      VW16v

      Finally agree on something. Hilarious. What do you expect.. This is Texas. Why use a period or comma.

      • 0 avatar
        Truckducken

        C’mon, if it were really Texas the awards would have quote marks around them. In Texish, quotes mean something is a big deal, whereas to the rest of us they denote something that is not to be taken seriously. Kind of like these awards, come to think of it.

    • 0 avatar
      Aaron Cole

      It’s meant to be exhaustive, like the list of 24 award winners from a single event held over two days.

  • avatar
    wmba

    I thought there were 25 awards. You forgot The Best Pickup Not Sold in Texas – Mahindra GT.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Oh also.

    Lackey: (antsy) “Sir, we need a promotional photo for the new Titan XD. Can you give us guidance on coloring?”

    Marketing Exec: (disinterested, reading old C&D) “Well lookie there, a 1975 Imperial.”

    Lackey: (relieved) “Certainly, I’ll get on that.”

    Exec: “Huh? Eh, whatever.”

    And presto.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      “And presto.”

      …the Goldmember Edition.

      The everyday origin of extraordinary things.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I googled “Nissan Titan XD review” and the first article was from AutoTrader. It was written in January. This is the conclusion:

      “We thought Ford would dominate the half-ton-truck headlines for months to come with its new aluminum-bodied F-150, but the 2016 Nissan Titan XD has definitely stolen some of that thunder. If truck fans around the country respond as positively as the folks in Woodland Hills, Nissan’s going to have a hit on its hands.”

      Between January and now, I have heard almost nothing about the Titan. So little that a story from January is the first Google hit in my search.

      • 0 avatar
        cbrworm

        I somewhat follow light duty trucks and had no idea the Xd existed, much less that it was stealing the thunder from the F150 launch.

        I guess people around the country didn’t respond as positively as the folks in Woodland Hills.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

        @Bbal,

        I clicked on this article because I thought there might be a link to a review or other info on the Titan, but no. Its amazing how this truck has been ignored. Perhaps its Nissan’s fault by not having any press models or much information besides what has been said many months ago.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          Well it’s supposed to be diesel only at launch and they haven’t released much info at all. They had the sad display at the 2015 NAIAS and not much since. No one that buys a truck seems to care about the lack of information either. Nissan is going to have to beat the big guys on price, and there are no details about that either.

  • avatar
    highdesertcat

    “diesel-powered Nissan Titan XD”

    Hmmmm, I wonder if it is rigged to pass EPA tests but pollutes like a VW.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Even though I do think the Titan will be a good pickup, how can it be given any accolades other than it’s a new pickup?

    The same could be said for the Taco, but where are Taco’s made? Texas (Mexico).

    As for those SUVs/CUVs, I don’t how you guys in the US can call these station wagon things, trucks, even pickups aren’t trucks. A truck is a truck, not something primarily designed to suit a family and weekend warriors.

    Does this group assess, Macks, Kenworths, Hino’s, Izuzu’s, etc? So how can this be a truck thing. It’s all based on the person after a daily driver. A car, not a real truck.

    How about having calling it the “The Grand Texas Commercial Vehicle Awards” and have real trucks. Then you can omit most of these cars in this award.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “United States
      Federal regulations define a light-duty truck to be any motor vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating (curb weight plus payload) of no more than 8,500 pounds (3,855.5 kg) which is “(1) Designed primarily for purposes of transportation of property or is a derivation of such a vehicle, or (2) Designed primarily for transportation of persons and has a capacity of more than 12 persons, or (3) Available with special features enabling off-street or off-highway operation and use.”

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    How about Worst Photoshopped Truck award?

    TAWA must be populated by part-time auto journalists and full-time kindergarten teachers since everyone gets a gold star for showing up.

    If Ford won “best truck line”, and Ram won best HD 2500 and Ram Rebel “Best” full-sized then what class is the Titan XD in?
    Shouldn’t Ram get “best truck line” since 2 Ram’s won awards?

    Let me guess:
    Ford won best aluminum truck award.
    Ram won best coil spring truck award.
    Toyota won Terrorist Choice Award.

    Useless as teets on a bull.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      There’s an award for everybody just so they can have braggin’ rights.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Yeah, doesn’t quite look like it’s touching the ground in that pic. I don’t like the little style divets out of the wheel arch either. Makes it look like there are tabs there to pop the body off the top.

      Makes me wonder if they’re planning (at great expense) a new Armada based on this. I can’t see them doing one based on the Patrol, or they would have done it same time as the QX.

      The Patrol is much better looking than the QX in any event. I think changing the styling for the US market Infiniti was a mistake. Just do the interior! Because honestly that Patrol looks better than a new Land Cruiser.

      http://www.themotorreport.com.au/content/image/2/0/2014_nissan_patrol_update_leaked_02-1105-m:930×584.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      “Toyota won terrorists choice award”

      Has to be one of the funniest comments I have ever read in TTAC. Riding in an airplane and just about blew coffee over the person seated in front of me it made me laught so hard.

      Thank you.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    TAWA – sponsored by the “Steel Market Institute 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo Title Sponsor”.

    Might as well start the anti-aluminum conspiracy theories flowing ;) Pagin Big Al…. LOL

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      Lou,
      You can be such a f#[email protected], like you comrade Denver what’s his name from Winnepeg. A troll, from a Fraud phan.

      Conspiracy?? Remember I work with aluminium and probably more exotic materials than most who comment on this site. So, I do think I do have the a better understanding of materials technology and how best to use it.

      • 0 avatar
        Drzhivago138

        If you’re resorting to name-calling already, what does that mean for your argument? If you are confident in the veracity of your points, then leave it at that. Don’t immediately insult everyone else.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          Doc Z,
          What do you expect.

          I really don’t see you better negative to the ones like Lou who solicit these responses.

          If you want to whine, then whine equitably.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            “I really don’t see you better negative to the ones…”

            “They don’t think it be like it is, but it do.”

            “Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?”

            To actually address your concern (if you were asking a question, I couldn’t quite tell), the reason many here find you more objectionable than Lou, even if he can be just as nasty sometimes, is because you don’t seem interested in learning anything, or discussing anything else. Every discussion even tangentially related to pickup trucks must be turned into a diatribe about how terrible aluminum is in the F-150, and how Ford is going to fail in the truck market unless they bring over the Ranger, which by your assessment is a superior truck in every way. And anyone who disagrees with you is a troll; there’s no space for “live and let live.” Personally, I like the Ranger, and I think a lot of Americans wouldn’t mind having it brought over, but until that day comes, constantly going off on how foolish Ford is for not doing it is like playing the same record at every party. Some people might not have minded it the first couple times, but after that it gets old fast. Even a masterpiece like Late for the Sky or Remain in Light or Is This It or Random Access Memories can only be played a few times over and over before we’re sick of it.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Al is going to play his “Hotel California” until hell freezes over. Its going to be a long run.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            I deliberately didn’t include Hotel California on that list. I don’t “hate the f*ckin’ Eagles, man,” but I do think that all their hits are overplayed (although that’s true of all “classic rock” radio nowadays, and terrestrial radio as a whole). I much prefer their first two half-country albums.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I actually like all of their solo stuff better. I also consider anything Joe Walsh wrote for an Eagles album, like “In the City”, to be solo work as well. I would go to an Eagles concert if the members only played stuff they did not release with the Eagles, and if the tickets weren’t $200 for upper deck.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @Big Al – since you can’t take a joke enter this into your search engine: http://www.texasautowriters.org/awards.

        It says right there:

        2015 Texas Truck Rodeo Title Sponsor: Steel Market Development Institute

  • avatar
    Fred

    Having so many awards explains why every tv commercial here has to yell about how “TEXAS TOUGH” it is.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I’m not sure if that’s better or worse than living in Ohio, where every ad feels compelled to remind me how great Michigan is.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        Dear People of Ohio:

        The leafs are colors now. We need money cause our roads are $hit. Please visit and spend money. If not, we run over Urban Meyer with an F350. Listen to Michigan Jesus Tim Allen.

        Love,

        The Michigan Department of Tourism

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          lol “Michigan Jesus.”

          And He spoketh unto them: Let your adjectives flow freely, like the blood of Him through your veins.

          And it was so.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            The Church will do and investigation to determine if this man is a heretic or if he indeed preaches the word of our Lord and Savior, 3800.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Let your adjectives flow freely, like the path of a crystal clear stream, teaming with wild life and family memories, on a crisp autumn morning, while the forest’s brilliant canopy of vermillion, persimmon, and gold surrounds you, and the stories of loved ones embrace you. Let your adjectives be Pure Michigan.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Now I have to pee.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Tim Allen is most assuredly a member of the Church of the 3800. I don’t know if he is tithing though. He has mentioned worshiping at the altar of torque in the past. He also owns a 1996 Impala.

            http://www.timallen.com/interests/cars.php?xpt=1

            He did commission and design a Northstar powered Deville though…

          • 0 avatar
            sgeffe

            And the “prodigal son” who returneth from afar to sitteth at the right hand: St. Harbaugh of Jim.

      • 0 avatar
        Frylock350

        Well Upper Michigan is pretty great; natural beauty at its best, especially in early October.

  • avatar
    cwallace

    Ok, so the TAWA “members” are people who write those advertorials that go in the Sunday Classifieds section of larger newspapers, or get a page of their own twice a month in those little community rags that get delivered whether you subscribe or not.

    Good for them for finding a way to be relevant, but bad for anyone who might actually look to them for advice.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    Any idea how much this award cost Nissan?

  • avatar
    zip89105

    The BS is bigger in Texass too. How can the Titan possibly be the TOTY when Nissan has only sold NONE?

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      zip89105 – They have a history of giving awards to trucks that aren’t on the market.
      2014 – A 2015 F150 won that one even before they were on the streets.
      2013 – A 2014 Ram Ecodiesel won and it had not been released to the public.

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