2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year… and the nominees are

The North American Car and Truck of the Year organization has released the list of nominees for 2012. The list consists of 24 vehicles including 17 cars and seven light trucks.

A juror of 50 U.S. and Canadian journalists will pick the winner that will be announced at the 2012 Detroit AUto Show in January. Vehicles need to be new or “modified to change their nature” in order to be considered.

For 2011, the North American Car of the Year went to the Chevrolet Volt while the 2011 Ford Explorer took the North American Truck of the Year award.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees or circle through our high-res gallery.

2012 North American Car of the Year Nominees:

Audi A6
Audi A7
Buick Verano
Chevrolet Sonic
Chrysler 300 (includes SRT8)
Fiat 500
Ford Focus
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Veloster
Kia Rio/Rio5
Scion iQ
Subaru Impreza
Toyota Camry
Toyota Prius V
Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Passat

2012 North American Truck Of The Year Nominees:

BMW X3
Honda CR-V
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mini Countryman
Nissan Quest
Saab 9-4X