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North American Car of the Year Contestant List Shortened

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On: Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 3:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


 North American Car of the Year Contestant List Shortened

The North American Car and Truck of the Year award ceremony is impending for 2011 model year awards. Ford Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp., and General Motors Co. are the auto makers at the top of the list most likely to take this year's Truck and Car of the Year honors.

North American automotive journalists writing for magazines, newspapers, websites, television, and radio, from Canada and the United States will judge the awards.

Originally 27 new cars were eligible for the 2011 Car of the Year award, but recently, that number was narrowed to only 14 vehicles that judges deemed worthy of consideration.

There are also 14 trucks on the list to be considered for the 2011 Truck of the Year award.

All in all, there are 4 European models, 4 domestic models (including GM which has 3 cars on the list), 4 Japanese Models, and 2 Korean models on the list for the final honors.

On December 16th of this year, the final winners will be announced in Detroit. In January a press conference will take place just before next year's Detroit auto show, to announce the winner of the North American Car and Truck of the year for 2011 models.

Edward Lapham, the executive editor of Automotive News.com will be on the panel of judges that will select the winners.

Last year's winners were the Ford Fusion, which received the North American Car of the Year award, and Ford’s Transit Connect van, which was awarded the North American Truck of the Year.

This year Ford is banking on its Fiesta, Edge, and/or Explorer models to take the award.

The following vehicle models are up for the 2011 North American Car of the Year award:

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

Vehicles that qualify for consideration for the 2011 North American Truck of the Year award:

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

Stay tuned to the autoshopper blog for the winners in December.






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