• Oct 2nd 2009 at 10:28AM
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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 Subaru Legacy
  • 2010 Porsche Panamera
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2010 Mazda3
  • 2010 Honda Insight
  • 2010 Kia Soul
  • 2010 Ford Taurus
  • 2010 Ford Fusion
  • 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2010 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2010 BMW 335d
  • 2010 Suzuki Kazashi
  • 2010 Cadillac CTS Sportwagon

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

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember the good ol days when the north american truck of the year had to be a truck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Truck = Something you'd put a TON of manure in!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I vote CTS wagon and Equinox maybe SRX.

      The crosstour needs to be killed with fire
        • 6 Years Ago
        killed with fire and then sunk to the bottom of the ocean with a 50,000lb lead attachment.
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pruis and Landrover should win.
      • 6 Years Ago
      None of those are trucks....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford Fusion, Ford Taurus, Chevy Camaro, Toyota Prius, or Subaru Legacy for COTY.

      Subaru Outback, Ford Transit Connect, or Volvo XC60 for TOTY.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where is the Jaguar XJ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      im surprised the kia forte isnt on there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My vote would definitely be for the Fusion in that lot. The Kizashi looks promising, but I just haven't heard much feedback on it yet. The CTS Wagon is obviously pretty hot, but as cool as the resurgence of wagons is, its not as big a deal as the solid all-round performance from the Fusion lineup.

      On the truck front, boy they definitely didn't have many actual trucks to pick from. The Transit Connect is definitely stirring things up and opening up a new promising market segment, but I'd say the Equinox deserves this prize.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This should be called the "lowest common denominator" or "junkfood car of the year" award or how about the "let's all go shop at Wal-Mart" award.

      These awards are such a joke. They're not about engineering advancement or anything meaningful to car design. It's like a top ten list in the music industry: cheerleading whatever the uninformed masses are already buying to reinforce their stupid buying practices. It's some kind of... circular... repeating...

      vicious cycle!

      I can't wait to see what junk heap wins this year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Ford Fusion Hybrid is pretty significant given that it is pretty much a no-compromise mileage machine. I'm no blue oval fan and I really don't like the new grille, but I'd sooner drive a Fusion Hybrid than a Prius.

      Again, not plugging for Ford, but that new Transit is pretty cool in a low-cost, practical sort of way. Here's hoping they offer it in a kid-hauling version rather than just as a commercial vehicle.

        • 6 Years Ago
        They will offer the Transit as a family hauler. Ironically, they are all shipped to the country that way to avoid the Chicken Tax. At that point, many, but not all will have the rear seats removed and their corresponding windows blocked to be sold as panel trucks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Prius will win NACOTY. Guaranteed.

      The Truck award will probably go to a crossover--a hybrid crossover if there is one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll say SRX and Camaro.
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