The candidates for the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year have been announced ahead of the awards ceremony at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

The candidates for the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year have been announced ahead of the awards ceremony at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

On the car side, the contenders include the BMW 7-Series, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Civic, Kia Optima, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Nissan Maxima and the Toyota Prius.

Likewise, the nominees for Truck/Utility of the Year include the Ford Edge, Honda HR-V, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Renegade, Kia Sorento, Lexus RX, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Titan XD, Tesla Model X, Toyota Tacoma and Volvo XC90.

The aforementioned models will be tested by a panel of 57 jurors next month and they will eventually select three finalists for each category.  The final winners will be announced on January 11th in Detroit.