One of the highlights of the annual Detroit Auto Show is the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, where the best car and the best truck or SUV available for the latest model year are recognized. The awards have been around since 1994 and rely on the impressions of more than 50 automotive journalists in deciding the winners—including our own Marty Padgett.

To be eligible, a vehicle must have been substantially changed from the previous model and must go on sale in the U.S. and Canada shortly after the announcement of the award at the Detroit Auto Show. The vehicles must also be popular sellers, which means many niche products like those from the exotic brands are ruled out. Last year’s winners were both from Chevrolet: the Corvette Stingray and Silverado 1500.

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The short list for the 2015 awards are now in, and we’re sure the choices will prove as controversial as ever. After you’ve looked through the list, let us know whether you’d have nominated any additional vehicles.

2015 North American Car of the Year Short List

Acura TLX
Audi A3
Chrysler 200
Ford Mustang
Honda Fit
Hyundai Genesis sedan
Hyundai Sonata
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Toyota Camry
Volkswagen Golf/GTI

2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year Short List

Audi Q3
Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet Tahoe
Ford F-150
GMC Canyon
Lexus NX
Lincoln MKC
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Nissan Murano
Porsche Macan
Subaru Outback
Toyota Highlander


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