A pool of 50 U.S. and Canada-based automotive journalists from various news outlets has cut down the list for the 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards to 14 possible winning vehicles in each category.

Among the manufacturers, Ford, Hyundai/Kia, General Motors, and Nissan lead with the most nominations, and the lists run the gamut from the inexpensive (Ford Fiesta, Mazda2), to the sybaritic (Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, Porsche Cayenne), to the groundbreaking (Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf).

Jurors will cull each list down further in December, and the finalists will be displayed when the winning car and truck are announced at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

What car and truck do you expect to win? Check out our galleries of the finalists below, then click through the jump to place your vote for the car and truck you expect to win. If you like, you can also drop your fellow commenter a line as to what vehicle you'd most like to see take home the heavy hardware.

(*Full Disclosure: Author is a member of the NACTOY voting jury)

  • Audi A8
  • Buick Regal
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Hyundai Sonata/2.0T/Hybrid
  • Infiniti M37/M56
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Kia Optima
  • Mazda2
  • Nissan Juke
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Volvo S60

  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Explorer
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Infiniti QX56
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Kia Sorento
  • Kia Sportage
  • Lincoln MKX
  • Mercedes-Benz R-Class
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Volkswagen Touareg

[Source: North American Car of the Year]

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