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by Tim Beissmann

The contenders for the 2013 North American Car of the Year and 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year awards have been announced, revealing two diverse lists of all-new and heavily updated models.

The comprehensive line-ups essentially name all of the vehicles eligible for the 2013 awards. From the 45 cars, pick-up trucks and SUVs named below, the 50-member jury will create a shortlist of approximately a dozen later this year, before culling those to leave three finalists in both categories.

After the votes have been tallied, the winners will be revealed at the 2013 Detroit motor show in January.

An important name change has taken place this year, with the old award for trucks (what Australians call utes) now revised to officially encompass trucks and utilities (called SUVs in Australia). The updated category comprises both traditional body-on-frame commercial vehicles and more modern crossover-style vehicles.

Last year’s prizes were awarded to the Hyundai Elantra and the Range Rover Evoque.

 

2013 North American Car of the Year contenders:

  • Acura ILX
  • BMW 3-Series
  • BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
  • Cadillac ATS
  • Cadillac XTS
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chevrolet Spark (Holden Barina Spark)
  • Dodge Dart
  • Ford Fusion
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Fit EV (Jazz EV)
  • Hyundai Azera
  • Hyundai Elantra GT (i30 hatch)
  • Lexus ES
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus LS
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Porsche 911
  • Porsche Boxster
  • Scion FR-S
  • SRT Viper
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Tesla Model S
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Toyota Prius C

 

2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year contenders:

  • Acura RDX
  • Audi A4 Allroad
  • BMW X1
  • Ford Escape (Kuga)
  • Ford C-Max
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Infiniti JX35
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Ram 1500
  • Subaru XV
  • Toyota RAV4 EV



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