It's that time of the automotive year again, where the changing of the seasons yields a fresh crop of cars and trucks at dealers and a new bounty of awards. North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year jurors(*) have been flogging all manner of new sheetmetal, and they've culled their long list down to a shorter, more manageable roster, which has just been released.

The list of eleven cars and nine truck/utility vehicles arguably offers few surprises. On the car side, domestic brands have five nominees, as do the Japanese, leaving one slot for a European. On the Truck/Utility side – the award has been renamed to reflect the inclusion of crossover and sport-utility vehicles in addition to traditional body-on-frame trucks – there are three domestic models, four Japanese offerings, a pair of Germans and a Korean.

If there's any conspicuous absence on the list, it's likely the Tesla Model S, which has drawn widespread praise for its electric driving experience, expressive design and impressive performance. As it ramps up production, Tesla has been particularly parsimonious with test vehicles, however, and despite multiple attempts by NACTOY to confirm seat time, few jurors have been able to drive and assess the car.

The jurors will now focus their attention on assessing the vehicles below before another round of voting culls each category down to three finalists. Another round of evaluation and voting will follow, and the winners will be announced at a press conference at the start of Detroit Auto Show media days in January.

The self-funded, completely independent and non-profit NACTOY jury made up of 50 U.S. and Canadian journalists chose the Hyundai Elantra and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque as the winners last year.

Look over the short lists below, then leave your best guess about the winners (or who you think should win) in Comments.

*Full Disclosure: Author is a NACTOY jury member.

2013 North American Car of the Year Short List:
Truck/Utility of the Year Short List:


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      Famsert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ. Called it.
      MattMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      BRZ & CX-5 What ever happened to car names? Haha.
      Mike Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can tell you which one(s) will win the car award: either the BRZ/FR-S twins . . . or . . . the Cadillac ATS. It's been obivously all along.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet you any kinda of money no North American cars are on the 2013 Japaneese Car of the year awards.
        amels802
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
        Haha true but I think they have a separate award for imports
      ilmhmtu
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd vote for the Subaru BRZ and Mazda CX-5. It'll be interesting to see what gets the prize.
      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      My winners are the Subaru BRZ and Mazda CX-5.
      fcarlo17
      • 2 Years Ago
      MY RANKING: Cars: 1. Accord 2. Altima 3. Fusion 4. FR-S/BRZ 5. Dart Truck/Utility: 1. JX 2. CX-5 3. Escape 4. Santa Fe 5. Pathfinder Looking past the Accord's boring image, it's actually very competitive in all aspects a regular buyer would look into. Same goes for the JX. Neither the FR-S nor BRZ can win because they are the same car; one can't objectively justify which is better.
      fcarlo17
      • 2 Years Ago
      MY RANKING: Cars: 1. Accord 2. Altima 3. Fusion 4. FR-S/BRZ 5. Dart Truck/Utility: 1. JX 2. CX-5 3. Escape 4. Santa Fe 5. Pathfinder Looking past the Accord's boring image, it's actually very competitive in all aspects a regular buyer would look into. Same goes for the JX.
      Tina Dang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car: BMW 3-Series.... Groundbreaking, iconic, class leading SUV: BMW X1....... See 3-Series minus iconic BMW has a winning formula and a perfect lineup. I'd be devastated to see any other car on that list win over a German engineered masterpiece.
      amels802
      • 2 Years Ago
      My shorter list on the car side: Cadillac ATS Dodge Dart Ford Fusion Subaru BRZ
        Dvanos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @amels802
        Dodge Dart? You serious?
          amels802
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dvanos
          I wouldn't buy the car myself but it represents a pretty good step forward for a brand that hasn't done well in the compact class. And based on the criteria for the award.. value for the dollar, innovation, handling, performance, safety and driver satisfaction.... I'd say it definitely holds its own
      Thomas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car: Lincoln MKZ Truck/Utility: Ford Escape
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      • 2 Years Ago
      I vote for the BRZ. We haven't seen a good, affordable, amazingly fun to drive RWD Japanese sports coupe in such a long time. We see new sedans almost on a yearly basis.
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