North American Car of the Year Finalists Announced: Volt, Sonata, Leaf

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In brief: The North American Car of the Year finalists are the Chevrolet Volt, Hyundai Sonata and the Nissan Leaf.

The word

North American Car of the Year logoThe 2011 North American Car of the Year award will be issued on January 10 at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. It is given every year to the most innovative production vehicle as voted by members of the automotive press in both the U.S. and Canada.

The jury consists of 49 individuals from a wide range of automotive journalists in North America, representing magazines, television, radio, newspapers, and websites. Edmunds AutoObserver editor-in-chief Karl Brauer will serve as emcee for the announcement.

The list of 27 nominees were considered and voted upon by jurors chosen from the press pool voted that list down to 14, which was voted upon last week again, with these three finalists emerging.

All three finalists this year have electrification involved in their makeup - a first for the North American Car of the Year award. The Chevrolet Volt, of course, is a range-extended hybrid and the Nissan Leaf is a battery electric vehicle. The Hyundai Sonata is available as a hybrid.

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North American Truck of the Year finalists are the Dodge Durango, the Ford Explorer, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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