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

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North American Car of the Year

North American Car of the Year

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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