The 2012 North American Car & Truck of the Year finalists have been announced. Nominees include the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat.

The 2012 North American Car & Truck of the Year finalists have been announced.

On the car side, the nominees include the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat. In a surprising twist, these models beat out the Audi A6 and Chrysler 300C300C SRT8 to advance to the final stage of voting.

The truck category is slightly less controversial as the contestants are the BMW X3, Honda CR-V and Range Rover Evoque.

The winners will be awarded at the North American International Auto Show on January 9th but, in the meantime, feel free to express your opinion.

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2012 North American Car & Truck of the Year finalists announced