Here in the car journalism biz, this is that time of year when everyone is evaluating all the recently introduced cars to determine which ones truly stand out. Here in town, the crew from Car and Driver are doing their 10 Best testing this week. Elsewhere other magazines are doing their own evaluations.

The organizers of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards have just released the short list of vehicles that they have deemed worthy of consideration for this year's awards. The winning vehicles will be announced in January at the North American International Auto Show. For now, the jury has to evaluate a list of 15 cars that includes the new MK VI Volkswagen Golf, Ford's Fusion and Taurus, and a dozen others. The list includes three cars with hybrid powertrains, two that offer diesels and everything from the Kia Soul to the Porsche Panamera.

On the truck side –which also includes crossovers and tall wagons like the new Honda Accord Crosstour, Acura ZDX and Subaru Outback – there are only 10 nominees. Check out the nominees in our galleries below – who will pick up the mantle after 2009's Ford F-150 and Hyundai Genesis?

2010 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf
2010 Toyota Prius
  • 2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Subaru Legacy
  • 2010 Subaru Legacy
2010 Porsche Panamera
  • 2010 Porsche Panamera
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2010 Mazda3
  • 2010 Mazda3
2010 Honda Insight
  • 2010 Honda Insight
2010 Kia Soul
  • 2010 Kia Soul
2010 Ford Taurus
  • 2010 Ford Taurus
2010 Ford Fusion
  • 2010 Ford Fusion
2010 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
2010 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2010 Buick LaCrosse
2010 BMW 335d
  • 2010 BMW 335d
2010 Suzuki Kazashi
  • 2010 Suzuki Kazashi
2010 Cadillac CTS Sportwagon
  • 2010 Cadillac CTS Sportwagon

2010 Subaru Outback
  • 2010 Subaru Outback
2010 Lincoln MKT
  • 2010 Lincoln MKT
2010 Land Rover LR4
  • 2010 Land Rover LR4
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
2010 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2010 Ford Transit Connect
2010 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 2010 Chevrolet Equinox
2010 Cadillac SRX
  • 2010 Cadillac SRX
2010 Audi Q5
  • 2010 Audi Q5
2010 Acura ZDX
  • 2010 Acura ZDX
2010 Volvo XC60
  • 2010 Volvo XC60

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