3 Detroit Finalists Up for Car, Truck of Year

Ford, Chrysler vehicles face off against three foreign competitors
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2008 2:20 AM CST
The 2009 F150 pickup truck is displayed in front of the Kansas City Ford Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo. The vehicle is in the running to be named truck of the year.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
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(Newser) – Three Detroit-made vehicles are among six finalists for the 2009 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, the Detroit News reports. The Ford Flex will compete with the Hyundai Genesis and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI for the year's best car, while the redesigned Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram pickups are up against the Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC SUV for best truck. The competitors were picked by a panel of US and Canadian automotive journalists.