Sunday, December 19, 2010

North American Car And Truck Of The Year (Contenders)

Of the cars being considered for the North American 2011 "Car of the Year" and "Truck of the Year" awards, General Motors and Nissan are both dominating in the car department with the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf, respectively. For those unfamiliar with these cars, I have written articles on both - see The Chevy Volt and The Nissan Leaf. In the truck department, it's Dodge with their Durango, Ford with their Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee
First of all, how are these awards decided? The judges are automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites. To qualify for an award, the vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. Twenty-seven new cars were eligible for the award, and I've posted the list below for the car and truck finalists.

North American Car of the Year Finalists:
Audi A8
Buick Regal
Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Volt
Ford Fiesta
Hyundai Sonata/2.0T/Hybrid
Infiniti M37/56
Jaguar XJ
Kia Optima
Mazda Mazda2
Nissan Juke
Nissan Leaf
Volkswagen Jetta
Volvo S60

North American Truck of the Year Finalists:
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


  1. Audi A8 and Porsche Cayenne would sure get my vote! But since I don't have much truck knowledge, that second vote was based on the look haha

  2. I think the audi A8 is going to win a lot of rewards :D

  3. Agreed Audi A8! German engineering at it's best!

  4. I wouldn't mind trying out one of the electric cars, it would end up paying for itself in fuel savings alone.

  5. I had a '98 durango which I loved dearly - till cash for clunkers put it out of its misery. the '04 model stank. The new one looks ok.

  6. I'm pulling for the Jeep Grand Cherokee in the truck category.

  7. audi a8 is a cool car.....we'll see

  8. I'd go for an an Audi A8 and a Tuareg, always liked those 2

  9. Canada and USA go together, whether we like it or not

  10. When do they announce the winners?

  11. I wouldn't mind having that Jaguar XJ :)

  12. That's an impressive list of cars!

  13. audis are some of the sexiest cars... i'd love to own an A8 in my lifetime

  14. Good list. Wonder who's gonna win?

  15. In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen, Following!

  16. I'm gonna take note of this... wonder which ones will win?

  17. I cant belive anything Hyundai made it

  18. Weird, I don't like any of those cars, and most of them are clearly not North American.