2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year Short List Announced

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Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time for you to meet the contenders for the 2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, with the list including 17 cars and 7 light trucks.

To be eligible for the competition, the vehicles has to be either entirely new or seriously revamped. The winners of the “Car” and “Truck” categories will be announced at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Before we move on to see which fresh metal gets to enter the fight, we’ll remind you that last year’s titles went to the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford Explorer.

So, here are the nominees:

2012 North American Car of the Year:
  • Audi A6
  • Audi A7
  • Buick Verano
  • Chevrolet Sonic
  • Chrysler 300/SRT-8
  • Fiat 500
  • Ford Focus
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Kia Rio/Rio 5
  • Scion iQ
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Prius V
  • VW Beetle
  • VW Passat
2012 North American Truck of the Year:
  • BMW X3
  • Honda CR-V
  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
  • Mini Countryman
  • Nissan Quest
  • Saab 9-4X
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