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The 2012 North American Car & Truck of the Year finalists have recently been announced in Detroit by a team of fifty automotive journalists.

The finalists for the 2012 North American Car & Truck of the year have been revealed at an Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit and the awards are actually unique in the United States, where instead of giving them by a single media outlet, they are handed over by a “coalition” of automotive journalists from the US and Canada, which are representing television, radio, newspapers, magazines and web sites. A vehicle must be all new or substantially changed in order to be eligible and after considering a lot of them, the jurors have voted on 17 cars and seven trucks.

According to the official press release of the event, the fifty journalists have selected the Ford Focus, the Hyundai Elantra and the Volkswagen Passat as the three finalists for the 2012 North American Car of the Year, while for the 2012 North American Truck of the Year, three contenders will be “battling” amongst each other, the BMW X3, the Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. This is the 19th year of the awards and last year, the 2011 North American Car of the Year was named the Chevrolet Volt, while the 2011 North American Truck of the Year was the Ford Explorer.