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
BMW 1 Series
Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2009 North American Truck of the Year nominees
Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC