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'Truck of the Year' short list announced

A short list of finalists for the 2014 North American Car & Truck of the Year (NACTOY) has been announced, and the list contains some of the most sought after vehicles of the past year. 

The NACTOY short list is split into two parts, with 12 cars and 12 trucks or utility vehicles making the cut in their respective segments. The only stipulation is that the finalists have to be vehicles that can drive on North American roads, and they had to have gone through a significant redesign for the 2014 model year. All automobiles will be judged based on their performance in a variety of different scenarios as well as their special features. 

General Motors emerged as one of the biggest winners early in the voting. The manufacturer had three vehicles up for consideration in each of the two categories, which was the best showing from any automaker. 

The final short list for the 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year consists of 12 vehicles: the Acura MDX, the BMW X5, the Buick Encore, the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra, the Hyundai Santa Fe LWB, the Jeep Cherokee, the Kia Sorento, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the Nissan Rogue, the Subaru Forester and the Toyota Tundra. 

Last year's winner of Truck of the Year, the Ram 1500, wasn't eligible for the 2014 list. It will be interesting to see which of the pickups or utility vehicles stands apart from the crowd, as well as which are designated as the best options for off-road driving. 

Jurors will evaluate these models before narrowing the list down to three finalists in each category. Then there's more testing and voting in store before the winners are announced during the Detroit Auto Show in January.