Detroit, Michigan – The finalists for the 2012 North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year Awards have been named. The overall winners will be announced at the North American International  Auto Show in Detroit in January.

Competing for the car title are the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat, while the three truck finalists are the BMW X3, Honda CR-V and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

The awards are voted on by 50 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States. To be eligible, a vehicle must be all-new or substantially changed. The top finalists were selected from an initial list of 17 cars and seven trucks.

Last year’s winners were the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Explorer.

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