The 2009 North America Car and Truck Of The Year finalists, announced today, features the Hyundai Genesis, the first finalist from a Korean automaker. The awards will be presented at January's Detroit Auto Show.
The Truck Of The Year is a standoff between the 2009 Ford F-150, 2009 Dodge Ram and the diesel Mercedes ML320 BlueTec. Both diesels are the first diesels in the award's 16-year history to make the final cut.
For those keeping score at home, the best vehicles in North America for 2009 according to the motoring press are either American trucks/crossovers, German diesels or a Korean luxury car. Noticeably absent from this list is a Japanese car or truck, especially given the Japanese have won TOTY four times and COTY three times.
Last year the Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda CX-9 were last years winners in the car and truck categories, respectively.
[Source: Automotive News sub. req.]