A group of 50 U.S. and Canada-based automotive journalists from various news outlets, including one from our sister site Autoblog, has sliced the list for the 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards to 14 possible winning vehicles in each category. Among automakers, Ford, Hyundai/Kia, General Motors, and Nissan stand out with the most nominated vehicles and the list covers everything from budget-friendly (Ford Fiesta, Mazda2) to pricey (Jaguar XJ, Porsche Cayenne) and everything in between.
Without surprise, the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid made the North American Car of the Year list. Why aren't we surprised? Well, each vehicle presents either a breakthrough in the industry, or in the case of the Sonata Hybrid, a complete redesign. The list of contenders is certainly strong, but we're pulling for one of these green machines to emerge as the champ, but which one will it be? At the very least this is one of the – if not themost interesting NACTOY contests ever.

Jurors will cut the list down to just three vehicles in each category in December and the finalists will be displayed when the winning car and truck are announced at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Check out the galleries of the 28 NACTOY finalists below and drop a comment below to let us know which green vehicle has the best chance at capturing the title.

  • 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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