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2019 North American Car, SUV & Truck Awards: Here are the Semi-Finalists

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Every year, the jury for the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards chooses the ultimate winners in the three main automotive categories - car, truck and SUV. The first step ahead of the naming of the big winners in Detroit next January is the announcement of the semi-finalists for each category.

Between October 16 and 18, in the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan, the jury made up of North American automotive journalists (several of them Canadian) puts these semi-finalists through a series of tests to identify the finalists, which will be announced at the Los Angeles auto show at the end of November.

Then comes the crowning of the big winners in Detroit.

Volkswagen Jetta 2019
Photo: D.Boshouwers
Volkswagen Jetta 2019

This year’s first list is highlighted by another, predictable battle between the Big Three American manufacturers in the pickup truck category. With only three entrants making the cut this year, all of them will automatically be finalists.

Here’s an alphabetical listing of the NACTOY semi-finalists in each category:

Audi A6 - 2018 A6 specifications
Buick Regal Tour X
Genesis G70 - 2019 G70 review - 2019 G70 specifications
Honda Insight
Hyundai Veloster - 2019 Veloster specifications
Kia Forte - 2019 Forte photo gallery
Mazda6 - 2018 Mazda6 review - 2018 Mazda6 specifications
Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Nissan Altima - 2018 Altima specifications
Nissan Leaf - 2018 LEAF review - 2019 LEAF specifications
Toyota Avalon/Avalon Hybrid
Toyota Corolla Hatchback - 2019 Corolla Hatchback review
Volkswagen Jetta - 2019 Jetta review
Volvo S60 - 2018 S60 specifications

Sport Utility Vehicles
Acura RDX - 2019 RDX review
BMW X5 - 2018 X5 xDrive40e review
Cadillac XT4 (Check out our first drive review next Monday morning!) - NYC premiere
Hyundai Kona - 2018 Kona review - 2018 Kona specifications
Hyundai Santa Fe - 2018 Santa Fe specifications
Infiniti QX50 - 2019 QX50 review
Jaguar I-Pace - 2019 I-Pace review
Jeep Wrangler - 2018 Wrangler review - 2018 Wrangler specifications
Nissan Kicks - 2018 Kicks review - 2018 Kicks specifications
Subaru Ascent - 2019 Ascent review - 2019 Ascent specifications
Toyota RAV4 - 2018 RAV4 specifications
Volvo XC40 - 2019 XC40 review

Pickup Trucks
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - 2019 Silverado first drive review
GMC Sierra 1500
Ram 1500 - Ram 1500 Sport review - Ram 1500 review

Genesis G70 2018
Photo: D.Boshouwers
Genesis G70 2018