2009 North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards were announced image

Finalists for the 2009 North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards were announced today (Thursday, Dec. 18) at the Detroit Economic Club’s annual auto show luncheon.

The finalists for the 2009 North American Car of the Year honors are the Ford Flex, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Finalists for the 2009 North American Truck of the Year award are the Dodge Ram, Ford F-150 and the Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC.

Between now and the opening of NAIAS 2009, the 50 journalists who serve as jurors will vote again ranking the finalists. Winners will be announced at the show’s first press conference on Sunday, Jan. 11.

Vehicles are honored for setting new standards and new benchmarks in their class. Top criteria in the competition are value for the dollar and affordability. Vehicles also are judged on general design, safety, fuel economy, handling and general roadworthiness, performance, comfort, assembly quality, functionality, technical innovation, driver satisfaction and price.

2009 North American Car of the Year Candidates

Audi A4 Jaguar XF
BMW 1 Series Lincoln MKS
Cadillac CTS-V Mazda6
Dodge Challenger Nissan GT-R
Ford Flex Pontiac G8
Honda Fit Toyota Venza
Hyundai Genesis Volkswagen Jetta TDI

North American Truck of the Year Candidates

BMW X6 Kia Borrego
Chevrolet Traverse Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTec
Dodge Ram Nissan Murano
Ford F-150 Subaru Forester
Honda Pilot Volkswagen Tiguan
Infiniti FX35/50

* bold indicates finalists