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The shortlist of finalists for the 2009 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards has been released.

In the car category, the Ford Flex, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Jetta TDI made it to the top three.

The top three in the pickup truck division are the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram and Mercedes-Benz ML 320 Bluetec.

Finalists in each category were announced in September and the winners in both categories will be revealed at the Detroit Show on January 11.

For the first time, the list includes a Korean manufacturer and there are two diesel-powered vehicles in the top six.

More than 50 cars were considered for this year's vote, with the final list coming down to 14 cars and 11 pickup trucks.

Vehicles that did not make the Car shortlist:
Audi A4
BMW 1 Series
Cadillac CTS-V
Dodge Challenger
Honda Fit
Jaguar XF
Lincoln MKS
Nissan GT-R
Pontiac G8
Toyota Venza

Vehicles that did not make the Pickup shortlist:

Chevrolet Traverse
Honda Pilot
Infiniti FX35/50
Kia Borrego
Nissan Murano
Subaru Forester
Volkswagen Tiguan

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