A group of 50 automotive journalists voted the Ford Flex, health Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Jetta TDI as finalists for the 2009 North American Car of the Year.
The Dodge Ram, Ford F-150 and Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC are finalists for the 2009 North American Truck of the Year.
The awards are unique in the United States because — instead of being given by a single publication — they are given by 50 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites.
The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.
To be eligible, vehicles must be “all-new” or “substantially changed” from the previous model. This year the jury considered more than 50 vehicles and finally settled on 14 cars and 11 trucks that deserved to be on the ballot.
Here are the vehicles on which the jurors voted:
2009 North American Car of the Year nominees Audi A4 BMW 1 Series Cadillac CTS-V Dodge Challenger Ford Flex Honda Fit Hyundai Genesis Jaguar XF Lincoln MKS Mazda 6 Nissan GT-R Pontiac G8 Toyota Venza Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2009 North American Truck of the Year nominees
BMW X6 Chevrolet Traverse Dodge Ram Ford F-150 Honda Pilot Infiniti FX35/50 Kia Borrego Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC Nissan Murano Subaru Forester Volkswagen Tiguan
More information on the awards — including the names of jurors as well as previous finalists and winners — is available at: www.northamericancaroftheyear.org.
Source: North American Car & Truck of the Year