Each year the 50 jurors of the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards pick a list of cars, trucks, and utility vehicles that deserve consideration for the top journalist pick of the new model year. The time for the 2013 list is upon us, and while the vast majority of these vehicles will be shorn on the way to shorter lists as the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) draws near, just making the initial long list indicates a degree of success in design.

This year, the category name for the Truck of the Year award has been tweaked slightly--the award will be for the top Truck/Utility of the Year. Otherwise, the process, and the list, remains much like years past: successive rounds of voting will narrow the field to yield a single winner in each category.

In 2012, the Car of the Year was the Hyundai Elantra, while the Range Rover Evoque won the still-inaptly named Truck of the Year title.

For 2013, American, German, and Japanese manufacturers are all well-represented in the cars category, though Japanese brands secure 12 of the 30 nominations, followed by 10 American cars, five nods for Germany, and three for Korea. The truck/utility sector is heavy on Japanese marques, with six of the 15 spots, followed closely by the Germans, with five on the list. America grabs three truck spots, and Korea takes the final slot.

Our favorites in the car section include the Porsche 911 (991), Porsche Boxster, BMW 3-Series Sedan, Cadillac ATS, SRT Viper, and, of course, the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins. In the still somewhat incorrectly classified truck/utility segment, we're fans of the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GL Class, Audi Allroad, and, for sheer oddball utility, the Ford C-Max.

Without further ado, the 2013 North American Car of the Year Nominees:

Acura ILX

BMW 3-Series Sedan

BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

Cadillac ATS

Cadillac XTS

Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Spark

Dodge Dart

Ford Fusion

Ford Focus Electric

Honda Fit EV

Hyundai Azera

Hyundai Elantra GT

Kia Cadenza

Lexus ES

Lexus GS

Lincoln MKZ

Mazda 6

Mercedes SL Class

Nissan Altima

Nissan Sentra

Porsche 911

Porsche Boxster

Scion FR-S

SRT Viper

Subaru BRZ

Tesla Model S

Toyota Avalon

Toyota Yaris

Toyota Prius C

2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year Nominees:

Acura RDX

Audi allroad


Ford C-Max

Ford Escape

Hyundai Santa Fe

Infiniti JX35

Mazda CX-5

Mercedes GL Class

Mercedes GLK Class

Mercedes G Class

Nissan Pathfinder

Ram 1500

Subaru SV

Toyota RAV4 EV

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