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2010 North American Car Of The Year Short List Revealed

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It's that time of year again: time to decide the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACOTY). This time around, our own Executive Editor Marty Padgett is one of the jurors, and we're bringing you the insider's perspective on the process, as well as looking to hear what you have to say on which car and truck should be picked as the year's best.

Starting with a long nominee list of 27 cars and 17 trucks, the NACOTY panel carefully selected just 15 cars and 10 trucks that will be up for the final award.

The 2010 North American Car of the Year Short List:

  • BMW 335d
  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Ford Fusion/Fusion Hybrid
  • Ford Taurus
  • Honda Insight
  • Kia Soul
  • Mazda3/MazdaSpeed3
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Suzuki Kizashi
  • Toyota Prius
  • Volkswagen Golf/GTI

The 2010 North American Truck of the Year Short List:

  • Acura ZDX
  • Audi Q5
  • Cadillac SRX
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Transit Connect
  • Honda Crosstour
  • Land Rover LR4
  • Lincoln MKT
  • Subaru Outback
  • Volvo XC60

Aside from a few cars that aren't available for retail sale yet, or haven't been for very long--the Acura ZDX, Suzuki Kizashi and Porsche Panamera among them--many of these vehicles has a track record of impressing buyers and journalists alike with their capabilities, value and features. It will no doubt be a tough decision for the empaneled jurors to decide which will come out on top.

Stay tuned for the latest developments as they happen, and jump in with your own ideas on which car or truck should take the title for 2010. Go to http://www.highgearmedia.com/iwanttowrite/ and post your choice and you could win fun car swag including t-shirts, books, hats and more.

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Comments (6)
  1. Cadillac CTS w/Buick Lacross a close second and Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 second - hands down...
     
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  2. Kia has really improved their body style.
     
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  3. My guesses: Close between Ford Fusion Hybrid, Kia Soul, and Toyota Prius for COTY. Chevrolet Equinox for TOTY.
     
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  4. A truck list with NO trucks? I can see the Ford Transit Connect on the truck list but the rest?? In the old days most of the CARS on the truck list were called station wagons.
     
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  5. Kia bodies have gotten a lot better, now if their reliability would catch up it would be great!
     
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  6. How can you vote on a truck of the year when all I see are glorified mini vans. Come on, enough about gas mileage and lets talk trucks.I will take my 2010 F150 any day.
     
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