The candidates for the 2010 North American car and Truck of the Year was recently released and as with any awards categories, this one includes a steady dose of expectant favorites, underdogs, and the proverbial dark horses.

All in all, 37 vehicles have been nominated for the two categories. The country with the most nominations is Japan with 12 – which includes a rare Suzuki entry with the Kizashi. Japan is followed by two regions fielding 11 cars each: the US and Europe. Rounding out the field is Korea with three entries with the Hyundai Genesis, the Kia Forte and the Kia Soul.

Noticeably absent from being nominated in the two categories is Chrysler, despite having a slew of cars and trucks in its roster.

Both Hyundai and Ford figure to defend their titles as Car and Truck of the Year after winning the two awards last year with the 2009 Hyundai Genesis and the 2009 Ford F-150, respectively. While the 2010 Genesis remains in the hunt for a back-to-back showing, the F-150 conspicuously was left among the entries for the Truck of the Year, meaning that it’s up to the Ford Transit Connect to defend Ford’s title.

Continued with list of nominees for the 2010 North America Car of the Year after the jump.


The basis for the eligibility, at least as far as the jurors are concerned, requires that the particular vehicle should either be ‘all-new’ or has ‘substantially changed’ from its previous model. With the nominations having been released, the jurors are still expected to trim down the list until it reaches a winner, which will then be decided in January 2010.

The battle is on to be the next Car and Truck of the Year and judging by the entries on the list, it’s looking like both Hyundai and Ford are facing some very stiff competition from other manufacturers bent on dethroning them.

The list of cars nominated for the 2010 North America Car of the Year are:

Audi S4
BMW 335d
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
Buick Lacrosse
Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon,Chevrolet Camaro
Ford Fusion/Fusion Hybrid
Ford Mustang/GT500
Ford Taurus/Taurus SHO
Honda Insight
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Kia Forte
Kia Soul
Lexus HS 250h
Lotus Evora
Mazda 3/Mazdaspeed 3
Mercedes E-Class
Nissan Cube
Nissan 370Z
Porsche Panamera
Subaru Legacy
Suzuki Kizashi
Toyota Prius
Volkswagen Golf/Golf TDI

Meanwhile, the nominations for the 2010 Truck of the Year include:

Acura ZDX
BMW X5 xDrive35d
Cadillac SRX
Chevrolet Equinox
Ford Transit Connect
GMC Terrain
Honda Crosstour (The Crosstour is still the prototype name of the car
and the official unveiling of its name will happen at the awards show)
Land Rover LR4
Lincoln MKT
Subaru Outback
Toyota 4Runner
Volvo XC60

Source: Edmunds

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  (5) posted on 06.29.2009

Is it just me or are all of the "Truck of the Year" nominees SUV’s? Not one is actually a truck. I don’t even think a single one of these SUV’s is on a uni-body, truck-like, frame. Maybe the LR4 or Toyota 4Runner. The others are as truck like as my GTI...

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