The Car and Truck of the Year awards is designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. An international group of 46 automotive journalists recently voted for the 2008 finalists. Now the jurors begin a second round of voting, no later than Jan. 2 they must vote on the three car and three truck finalists. 2008 North American Car of the Year nominees Audi TT
Audi A5/S5
Cadillac CTS
Chevrolet Malibu
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Honda Accord
Infiniti G37
Infiniti EX35
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Nissan Altima Coupe
Scion xB
Smart ForTwo
Subaru Impreza/WRX
Volvo C30
2008 North American Truck of the Year nominees Buick Enclave
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
Hyundai Veracruz
Jeep Liberty
Jeep Patriot
Kia Rondo
Land Rover LR2
Mazda CX-9
Nissan Rogue
Saturn Vue
Toyota Highlander/Hybrid
Toyota Tundra
Volvo XC70
More information on the awards -- including previous finalists and winners, visit