What's the best new car, and what's the best new truck for the 2012 model year?
The North American Car and Truck of the Year jury has spoken, and at this year's Detroit Auto Show, the committee chose its two favorites for the new model year.
In all, 50 journalists from the U.S. and Canada chose the Elantra and Evoque from a field of 24 vehicles, including seven trucks and 17 cars. On the short list aside the Elantra were the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Focus, with a points spread of less than 20 between all three.
Among the trucks, the Evoque won by a wide margin, finishing more than 100 points ahead of the Honda CR-V and BMW X3.
Jurors include our own editorial director Marty Padgett, who brings you more detail in the video here.2012 North American Car of the Year Nominees
Kia Rio/Rio 5
Toyota Prius V
2012 North American Truck of the Year Nominees
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque