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Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt Make 2011 North America Car of the Year Short List



•Short list of 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year nominees was announced on Friday.
•The three car and three truck finalists will be announced on December 16.
•Winners will be announced in January at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.

DETROIT — The 2011 Nissan Leaf and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt are among the vehicles vying for the 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year titles. The short list of vehicles was released on Friday.

Jurors noted that “three of the 14 (car nominees) have unconventional powertrains.” They include the battery-powered Leaf, the gasoline-electric Volt hybrid and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

General Motors, Ford and Nissan dominate the car list with three models each.

The 2011 North American Car of the Year short list includes the Audi A8, Buick Regal, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fiesta, Honda Sonata/2.0T/Hybrid, Infiniti M37/56, Jaguar XJ, Kia Optima, Mazda 2, Nissan Juke, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen Jetta and Volvo S60.

The 2011 North American Truck of the Year short list includes the Dodge Durango, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Tucson, Infiniti QX56, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage, Lincoln MKX, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Porsche Cayenne, Toyota Sienna and Volkswagen Touareg.

The three car and three truck finalists will be announced on December 16. The winners will be announced in January at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.
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Source: insideline.com

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