Jurors from the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards have announced the culled list of finalists in either category for this year’s titles. The lists, which have been narrowed to twelve vehicles each, represent the best vehicles offered in the U.S. and Canada in both the car and truck/SUV segments.

The prestigious award is given every year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit after voting by a jury and panel of automotive journalists from around North America. Last year’s winners, the Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500, won out over a lot of great competition. All vehicles on the list are new or fully-redesigned vehicles sold in the 2014 model year in North America.

The North American Car of the Year short list is, in alphabetical order by manufacturer:

  • 2014 BMW 4 Series
  • 2014 Cadillac CTS
  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 2014 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2014 Infiniti Q50
  • 2014 Jaguar F-Type
  • 2014 Kia Cadenza
  • 2014 Lexus IS
  • 2014 Mazda3
  • 2014 Mazda6
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
  • 2014 Toyota Corolla

The North American Truck of the Year short list is, in alphabetical order by manufacturer:

  • 2014 Acura MDX
  • 2014 BMW X5
  • 2014 Buick Encore
  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2014 GMC Sierra
  • 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe LWB
  • 2014 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2014 Kia Sorento
  • 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • 2014 Nissan Rogue
  • 2014 Subaru Forester
  • 2014 Toyota Tundra

Cuts from the lists include notables such as the Smart fortwo electric, Nissan Versa Note, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan NV200, Toyota RAV4, Porsche Cayman, Cadillac ELR, and many others. In all, 18 cars and 7 trucks were cut from the list to make this short list of nominees in each category. Normally, the lists are cut further in announcements in or around the LA Auto Show in December with the three finalists in each category being named shortly before the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS).

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