The finalists for the 2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year have just been announced, and this year, the three candidates in each category are as follows:

Car: Truck: The above finalists are the result of voting by a 50-member jury of full-time automotive journalists and broadcasters from a longer "short list" composed of 30 cars and seven trucks (an award category that also includes sport utility and crossover utility vehicles). Eligibility requirements dictate that the vehicles up for consideration must be new or substantially revised for the model year.

The jury will now vote again on these shorter lists, and the winners will be named on the opening morning of the Detroit Auto Show, with this year's press conference falling on January 9.

Last year's hardware was awarded to the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2011 Ford Explorer.

Who do you think should win? Levy your votes in Comments.

*Full Disclosure: Author is a NACTOY jury member.

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Source: North American Car of the Year Organizing Committee

DETROIT, - Fifty automotive journalists have selected the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat as the three finalists for the 2012 North American Car of the Year.
The finalists for the 2012 North American Truck of the Year are the BMW X3, the Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

The finalists were revealed today at an Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit.
The awards are unique in the United States because -- instead of being given by a single media outlet -- they are awarded by a coalition of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada representing magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites. The awards are financed by the jurors' dues and NACTOY does not accept advertising from automakers.
To be eligible a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. After considering dozens of vehicles this year the jurors finally voted on 17 cars and seven trucks.

Earlier this month jurors sent their ballots to Michelle Collins, a partner at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Today Ms. Collins handed over envelopes containing the names of the finalists (listed in alphabetical order) to Karl Brauer, a member of the awards' organizing committee and the Editor-in-Chief for Total Car Score.

This begins a second round of voting on the three car and three truck finalists. Those ballots also go to Ms. Collins who will be the only one who knows the winners until she hands over the envelopes on January 9th at 7:15 am at the Michigan Stage at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
While the news conference is being held at the North American International Auto Show the show does not give the awards.

Also, the correct name is "North American Car of the Year" and "North American Truck of the Year," not "Car of the Year" or "Truck of the Year."

Last year the 2011 North American Car of the Year was the Chevrolet Volt and the 2011 North American Truck of the Year was the Ford Explorer.

This is the 19th year of the awards. During the past 18 years:
* Domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year ten times. European automakers have won four times, Japanese automakers have won three times. A Korean automaker – Hyundai - has won once.
* Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year 12 times. Japanese automakers have won four times. European automakers have won twice.

The awards are administered by a six-person organizing committee. This year its members are Karl Brauer (Total Car Score); Marc Lachapelle (MSN Autos US, Le Guide de l'auto); Tony Swan (Car and Driver); Lindsay Brooke (Automotive Engineering International); Mark Phelan (The Detroit Free Press) and Christopher Jensen (Freelance).

More information including the names of the jurors is available at

Below are the vehicles on which the jurors voted.

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

North American Truck of the Year
Honda CR-V
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mini Countryman
Nissan Quest
Saab 9-4X

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      • 3 Years Ago
      No question in my mind, Focus - technology, value, looks, cabin fittings, and last, but not least, class leading chassis. Mine rolls around at 31+ mpg in mostly urban driving. Detroit has finally hit the nail on the head.
      • 3 Years Ago
      definitely the 2012 ford focus for the car. honda cr-v the truck although i wouldn't exactly agree that it's a 'truck'
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where are the trucks? I thought trucks have beds, I would like to see them fit a 4x8 sheet of drywall in the back of any of those. For the car i pick Focus for CUV i pick Evoque.
      • 3 Years Ago
      lolwut?!! the new CR-V is already an outdated pile of mediocre garbage. what a joke
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because you have driven it, right? The OLD CR-V is being phased out and it is still winning comparos against newer SUVs, and the new one will be even better. No, the CR-V isn't very fun to drive, but it still is a very fine SUV- it is basically a jack of all trades. It balances practicality and dependability with interior quality and usability. I completely detest any SUV that isn't an offroader but if I was forced to get something in the small SUV class I would get the CR-V
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why don't they have a truck on the "truck" list?
        • 3 Years Ago
        And a jacked up car dressed up to look SUVish does not a truck make.
      • 3 Years Ago
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        The 90's called, they want you back.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I know, don't feed the trolls, but you're pissed that the Focus was nominated over the Mazda 3, which wasn't significantly updated this year - Skyactiv is nice, but not enough to qualify for a nomination - and also runs on the older version of the C1 architecture that the Focus uses.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Trucks??? around this area, I'd like to see what happens to any of these "trucks" when you load a cord of wood, or a few yards of horse manure in them...
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd pay money to see someone haul manure in a Range Rover Evoque.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Larry Berglof
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny, I didn't see any trucks listed in the "truck of the year" finalists.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I heard the 2013 winner of the North American truck of the year is ( are you ready) the CORVETTE
      Harry & Fran
      • 3 Years Ago
      The awesome new FORD FOCUS ELECTRIC will go over 100 miles on a single re-charge making the FOCUS giving it a much better mileage range than the fire-prone,over-priced,and over-weight GM volt and will beat the ugly Japanese leaf ,and re-charge in half the time saving its owner valuable time and money! The regular fuel efficient FORD FOCUS vehicle line up now has the BEST American engineered and produced true Electric Car for buyers to chose from-making the versatile,safe,great looking,convenient,fuel-efficient,and fun to drive FORD FOCUS the only real choice for "Car of the Year"!! Kudos to all the fine American designers, engineers,and workers at America's original and Best Auto Maker=FORD MOTOR COMPANY for producing another Winner-the 2012 FORD FOCUS,and achieveing all of this WITHOUT American Taxpayer Money !!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't consider any of the Trucks they listed as finalists "Trucks." They are all crossovers and SUV's. To me, a truck is something can be used as a workhorse (body on frame construction preferably).
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