DETROIT -- The Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Sonata were named finalists for 2011 North American Car of the Year, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango were named Truck of the Year finalists.
The awards for redesigned or new vehicles are judged by 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. The winners will be announced Jan. 10.
The judging criteria include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The finalists were unveiled last week at a meeting of the Automotive Press Association. The jurors include Edward Lapham, executive editor of Automotive News.