The finalists for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards have been announced in Detroit. See how made the cut inside

The finalists for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards have been announced in Detroit.

On the car side, the contenders are the Cadillac ATS, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord. They beat out models like the BMW 3-Series, Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ and Toyota Avalon.

Similarly, the truck/utility candidates include the Ford C-MaxMazda CX-5 and Ram 1500. These models edged out other contenders like the BMW X1Ford Escape and Infiniti JX.

The models, which had to be redesigned or substantially updated, were selected by a group of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States. The winners will be announced on January 14th at the North American International Auto Show.

2013 North American Car & Truck of the year finalists announced