2009 North American Car and Truck of the Year finalists revealed

FoMoCo and Hyundai are celebrating after the list of finalists for the 2009 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards were revealed today. The list includes two vehicles from Ford including the Ford Flex and the 2009 Ford F-150. Hyundai’s Genesis sedan also made the list – making it the first time a Korean automaker has ever made the list.

Other cars on the list include the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Mercedes-Benz ML 320 BlueTec and the 2009 Dodge Ram pickup.

Last year, the Chevrolet Malibu won the car of the year award and the Mazda CX-9 took the honors for the top truck.

More than 50 vehicles were considered this year. Winners will be announced Jan. 11 at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

Here are the vehicles on which the jurors voted:

    2009 North American Car of the Year nominees
    Audi A4
    BMW 1 Series
    Cadillac CTS-V
    Dodge Challenger
    Ford Flex
    Honda Fit
    Hyundai Genesis
    Jaguar XF
    Lincoln MKS
    Mazda 6
    Nissan GT-R
    Pontiac G8
    Toyota Venza
    Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2009 North American Truck of the Year nominees

    BMW X6
    Chevrolet Traverse
    Dodge Ram
    Ford F-150
    Honda Pilot
    Infiniti FX35/50
    Kia Borrego
    Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC
    Nissan Murano
    Subaru Forester
    Volkswagen Tiguan

Source: Yahoo