And The Nominees For North American Car/Truck Of The Year Are...

Esteemed members of the automotive reviewing corps have chosen the "short list" of nominees for the 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards — including the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which no one outside of reviewers has driven.

Chosen by a panel of no more than 50 of the best press automakers can buy from a group of only the finest press cars automakers can provide, the actual award will be announced to great fanfare in the basement of Detroit's Cobo Hall during the Detroit Auto Show. Likely during a blizzard.

2011 North American Car of the Year Nominees:

Cars:
Audi A8
Buick Regal
Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Volt
Ford Fiesta
Hyundai Sonata Turbo/Hybrid
Infiniti M37/56
Jaguar XJ
Kia Optima
Mazda Mazda2
Nissan Juke
Nissan Leaf
Volkswagen Jetta
Volvo S60

Trucks:
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
Volkswagen Touareg

[NACOY via Straightline]