A highlight of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the presentation of the awards for North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year. The list of nominees for the 2007 COTY and 2007 TOTY includes 11 cars and no less than 15 trucks. Our buddies over at Winding Road, a few of who happen to be in the jury pool, let us in on the complete list, which will shrink to three finalists in each category due out in early December.

Candidates for car of the year are:
  • Chrysler Sebring
  • Dodge Caliber
  • Honda Fit
  • Infiniti G35
  • Jaguar XK/XKR
  • Lexus LS 460
  • Mercedes S class
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Versa
  • Saturn Aura
  • Toyota Camry
We don't want to steal all of their thunder, so follow the link to Winding Road to check out the short list for Truck of the Year finalists.

As Winding Road points out, some of the vehicles on the lists aren't even available for sale yet. However, by the time ballots are cast they should be available in various press pools for jurors to review.

Honda ran away with all the hardware last year, for the Civic and Ridgeline (right), which was the first time a single make had ever won both awards.

You can also check out a complete list of past winners here.

[Source: Winding Road]