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Finalists For 2010 North American Car & Truck Of The Year Awards Announced

 
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The finalists for the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards have been announced and are once again as controversial as ever. Set to coincide with next month’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the awards are among the most prestigious in the industry, recognizing the vehicles that capture the votes of 50 top automotive journalists.

Initially, there were 37 vehicles up for judging, with 12 offerings from Japan, 11 offerings from Europe, 11 offerings from the U.S. and three offerings from South Korea.

Chrysler-branded vehicles were surprisingly absent from the list, while the rest of the field was almost equally divided among Japanese, European and American brands.

The jurors are mostly comprised of automotive journalists based in North America and will need to pick final winners in advance of the awards announcement in January. To be eligible, a vehicle must be "all new" or "substantially changed" from the previous model. Last year the Hyundai Genesis took out the car award, while the Ford F-150 was picked as the top truck.

2010 North American Car of the Year finalists:

Buick LaCrosse
Ford Fusion Hybrid
Volkswagen Golf

2010 North American Truck of the Year finalists:

Chevrolet Equinox
Ford Transit Connect
Subaru Outback

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  1. Why doesn't Motor Authority have its own COTY award based on reader's poll? List cars in each category and let us, the readers, select the thing.
     
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  2. They probably don't let the users do it because everyone seems to have a "favored" brand. I don't go by what anyone says, and if the choice was up to me, after driving all of these vehicles currently available, I would choose the Chevy Equinox and the Kia Forte. The Equinox really shows how Chevy is serious about coming back to the scene. A lot of people who would criticize Kia, I say one thing. Drive one. Forget all of the pre-existing bias against Kia, and drive one. It is not a luxury car, for sure. It doesn't try to be. The Forte is leaps and bounds ahead of everything in Kia's 2009 model year vehicles. Sorry to go on, but I am so sick of the crap against Kia. How can someone judge a car by looking at one other car from the brand?
     
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  3. "Chrysler-branded vehicles were surprisingly absent from the list..."
    If you've ever driven (or even just sat in) a late-model Chrysler you wouldn't be surprised...
     
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  4. In that case, I guess you're also disqualifying the Transit Connect, the VW and the Subaru. The LaCrosse is a lot more North American than any of those.
     
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  5. Dave - Thanks for your support! Perceptions about our cars are slowing changing thanks to people like you. Forte, in particular, offers leaps and bounds more than some of our competition, without sacrificing the esthetic, quality or dependability. We've been around a long time and recent changes in our brand are becoming more and more recognized. Glad you're a fan! Happy Holidays!
     
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  6. Kia is a joke that needs to go away... every one I've driven and everyone I know who own one have had nothing but problems with the car, the dealers and the company...
     
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  7. The Chevrolet Equinox is such a great car! It is so hot that many dealers can't even keep them on the floor. People are preordering as far out as Febuary. Its time for America to shine!
     
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  8. after 4 dodge trucks, two WONDERFUL jeeps and a chrysler convertible, I will NEVER own anothe CDJ product. the salesman was overheard telling other sales people and customers very rude untrue things about me. when confrontedm he called me a m-----f-----. Neither the dealership nor the corporation would do anything about it. When I raised h-ll about it, my car was painted with filthy grafitti and I received death threats. NO MORE CHRYSLER vehicles for me!!!!
     
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  9. Oh yeah, the dealership... the now defunct sterling marlin in Dickson, TN. ...wonder why they went under? hmmmmmm
     
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  10. don't really expect for Acura ZDX to have the top rank. I most prefer for Chevrolet Equinox to have the top rank but i am sure they have distinct bases for coming up with the list.
     
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