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2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year Winners Announced

DETROIT - A jury of 49 veteran automotive journalists has selected the Ford Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year and the Ford Transit Connect as the 2010 North American Truck of the Year.

It was only the third time in 17 years that one automaker has won both awards. Honda won both awards in 2006 and General Motors won both in 2007.

The awards are unique because - instead of being given by a single media outlet - they are given by automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites.

The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

There were three car finalists: The Ford Fusion Hybrid got 241 points, the Volkswagen Golf/TDI/GTI got 146 and the Buick LaCrosse got 103.

There were three truck finalists: The Transit Connect had 213 points and beat the Chevrolet Equinox with 183 points and the Subaru Outback with 94.

To be eligible, vehicles must be "all-new" or "substantially changed" from the previous model. This year the jury considered more than 50 vehicles and finally focused on 16 cars and 10 trucks.

Last year the North American Car of the Year was the Hyundai Genesis and the North American Truck of the Year was the Ford F-150.

This is the 17th year of the awards, which are funded exclusively by the jurors. During that time:

* Domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year nine times. Japanese automakers have won three times. European automakers have won four times. A Korean automaker has won once.

* Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year 11 times. Japanese automakers have won four times. European automakers have won twice.

Here are the vehicles on which the jurors voted:

2010 North American Car of the Year nominees:

  • BMW 335d

  • Buick LaCrosse

  • Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

  • Chevrolet Camaro Ford Fusion

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid

  • Ford Taurus/Taurus SHO

  • Honda Insight

  • Kia Soul

  • Mazda3/MazdaSpeed3

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • Porsche Panamera

  • Subaru Legacy

  • Suzuki Kizashi

  • Toyota Prius

  • Volkswagen Golf/GTI/TDI

2010 North American Truck of the Year nominees:

  • Acura ZDX

  • Audi Q5

  • Cadillac SRX

  • Chevrolet Equinox

  • Ford Transit Connect

  • Honda Accord Crosstour

  • Land Rover LR4 Lincoln MKT

  • Subaru Outback

  • Volvo XC60

(11 Jan 2010)


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