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North American Car and Truck of the Year 2014 Short List Revealed

North American Car and Truck of the Year 2014 Short List Revealed

By Jeff Youngs, October 04, 2013
Each year, members of the U.S. and Canadian automotive journalist community assess every new or substantially changed model in the market with the goal of selecting one car and one truck as the North American Car of the Year and the North American Truck of the Year. The selected jurors evaluate the vehicles based on design, comfort, handling, safety, innovation, value, and overall driver satisfaction, and during a three-stage voting process arrive at what the group collectively believes is the best new car and the best new truck for the model year.

For the 2014 awards, the group of 50 critics has taken its first vote, narrowing the field of potential winners by selecting 12 models in each category. Listed below are those makes and models that have made the "short list," which reflects the results of the first round of voting.

Note that the Buick Encore and long-wheelbase version of the Hyundai Santa Fe are included. Both models debuted for the 2013 model year, but were launched too late to be included in last year's voting.

2014 North American Car of the Year Short List:

BMW 4 Series
Cadillac CTS
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet Impala
Infiniti Q50
Jaguar F-Type
Kia Cadenza
Lexus IS
Mazda 3
Mazda 6
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Toyota Corolla

2014 North American Truck of the Year Short List:

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

Jurors will take a second vote in early December, reducing each short list to a final ballot including three cars and three trucks. Then, in January, jurors will take a final vote and announce the winners at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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