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North American Car and Truck of the Year: The Short List

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North American Car and Truck of the Year: The Short List

By Marty Padgett

Editorial Director

September 24th, 2010


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The North American Car and Truck of the Year nominees were named earlier this year--and now, the short list of contenders have been culled from the long list.

The NACOTY organizing committee reports that General Motors and Nissan dominate the car list with three models each. Four European models, four “domestic” models and four from Japan made the cut, as did two from South Korea.

In green-car news, three of the 14 finalists have unconventional powertrains. They include the 2011 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, the “extended range” electric 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

The cars and trucks contending for the 2011 honors are as follows:

2011 North American Car of the Year

Audi A8

Buick Regal

Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Volt

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai Sonata/2.0T/Hybrid

Infiniti M37/56

Jaguar XJ

Kia Optima

Mazda Mazda2

Nissan Juke

Nissan Leaf

Volkswagen Jetta

Volvo S60

North American Truck of the Year

Dodge Durango

Ford Edge

Ford Explorer

Honda Odyssey

Hyundai Tucson

Infiniti QX56

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Kia Sorento

Kia Sportage

Lincoln MKX

Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Porsche Cayenne

Toyota Sienna

Volkswagen Touareg

Vehicles that missed the cut:

Cadillac CTS Coupe/CTS-V Coupe

Dodge Charger

Ford Mustang

Hyundai Equus

Lotus Evora

MINI Countryman

Scion tC



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