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2010 N.A. Car of the Year Finalists Announced

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The finalists for the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year have been announced.

Cars:

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2010 Volkswagen Golf - GTI

2010 Buick LaCrosse

Trucks:

2010 Subaru Outback

2010 Ford Transit Connect

2010 Chevrolet Equinox

A crew of 50 automotive journalists, including High Gear Media executive editor Marty Padgett, votes for the finalists before choosing the winner from the three vehicles in each category.

The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

Last year the North American Car of the Year was the Hyundai Genesis and the North American Truck of the Year was the Ford F-150.

Winners are to be announced at the 2010 Detroit Auto show in January.

Some NACOTY trivia--this is the 17th year of the awards, which are funded exclusively by the jurors. During that time:

* Hybrids have been honored three times. The Toyota Prius was the 2004 North American Car of the Year and the Ford Escape Hybrid was the 2005 North American Truck of the Year. The Honda Civic Hybrid was included when the Civic was named the 2006 North American Car of the Year.

* Chevrolet’s vehicles have been named the North American Truck of the Year three times. Most recently the Silverado was the 2007 North American Truck of the Year.

* While Ford has been a finalist in the car category many times, it won only once. The Ford Focus was the 2000 North American Car of the Year.

* Ford has dominated the truck category with five wins, followed by Chevrolet with three. Most recently, the F-150 was the 2009 North American Truck of the Year.

* General Motors won North American Car of the Year three times. Most recently, the Chevrolet Malibu was the 2008 North American Car of the Year and the Saturn Aura was the 2007 North American Car of the Year

* Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI was a finalist last year. Volkswagen’s New Beetle was the 1999 North American Car of the Year.

* Domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year eight times. Japanese automakers have won three times. European automakers have won four times. A Korean automaker has won once.

* Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year 10 times. Japanese automakers have won four times. European automakers have won twice.

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  1. Can we re-elect last year winners again?
    There're much better than any of these finalists
     
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