The three finalists for the 2015 North American Car of the Year are the Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis, and Volkswagen Golf. The three finalists for the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year are the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford F-150, and Lincoln MKC.

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One of the contenders for Car of the Year

Ford’s Mustang was the only domestic vehicle in the car segment. In the last 21 years, domestic automakers have won the car category 12 times and foreign automakers have won nine times. Japanese automakers have three wins. European automakers have four wins. Korean automakers (Hyundai) have two wins.

Last years North American Car of the Year was the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

The 2015 North American Utility/truck of the Year was where Ford hit pay dirt, pulling in two of the nominations, one for the aluminum Ford F-150 and the other for the Lincoln MKC utility vehicle. The third nominee was the domestic Chevy Colorado.

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Ford's aluminum F-150

Domestics have won the truck competition 14 times. Foreign automakers have won seven times. Of the seven wins, Japanese automakers have won four times and Europeans have won three times.

Last years North American Truck/Utility of the Year was the Chevrolet Silverado.

The North American Car Truck of the Year (NACTOY) jurors have been accessing vehicles for 22 years, honoring new benchmarks in the respective automotive segments. The benchmarks include areas ranging from design and safety to innovation and value for the dollar. The vehicles are not compared against each other, but against the segment of the industry they belong in.

Fifty-seven jurors (see below) from newspapers, television and radio stations, magazines and websites voted last week, sending their ballots to Deloitte, which kept the finalists secret until today.

The winners will be announced at the North American International Auto Show on Monday, January 12.

North American Car of the Year Jury, 2014-2015

Jessica Anderson

Frank Aukofer

Kirk Bell
Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News

David Booth

Karl Brauer

Lindsay Brooke
Automotive Engineering International

Jason Cammisa
Road & Track

Sharon Silke Carty
Editor In Chief, Autoblog and AOL Autos

Dan Carney

John Davis
MotorWeek “ PBS Network

Matt DeLorenzo
Kelley Blue Book

Denis Duquet
Le Guide de lauto

Jacques Duval
Freelance “ Le Guide de lauto, Autonet, Journal de Montreal, Mixte Magazine, Infrastructures, La Voix du Vrac, Roulez

Ezra Dyer
Popular Mechanics

Paul Eisenstein
The Detroit Bureau

Lauren Fix
Car Coach Reports,Time Warner Cable News, Arise Global News, Parade Magazine, USA Radio “ Day Break,NewsMax TV,The Car Coach

Jeff Gilbert
WWJ Newsradio 950 / CBS Radio Network

John Gilbert
Freelance:, KDAL AM radio

Aaron Gold
Freelance “

Joni Gray

Ken Gross
Freelance: Playboy

Lou Ann Hammond,

James Healey
USA Today

John Pearley Huffman
Freelance “ NY Times, Car and Driver

Cheryl Jensen
Freelance: Motor Matters, NY Times

Chris Jensen
Freelance: NY Times

Erik Johnson
Executive online editor, Car and Driver

Jim Kenzie
Toronto Star

Michelle Krebs

Marc Lachapelle
Freelance “ MSN Autos US

John Lamm
Freelance “

Anita Lienert
Freelance “

Jim Mateja
Freelance “ Chicago Tribune, Wards Auto Reports, Consumers Digest

Jim McCraw
Freelance “ NY Times, Hot Rod, Vehicle Dynamics International, Engine Technology International, Super Chevy

Mitch McCullough
New Car Test Drive

John McElroy
Autoline Detroit

Joann Muller

Jack Nerad
Kelley Blue Book

Scott Oldham
Vice President of Editorial
Editor in Chief,

Marty Padgett, High Gear Media

Chris Paukert

Henry Payne
Detroit News

Mark Phelan
Detroit Free Press

Mark Rechtin
Consumer Reports

Erin Riches

Aaron Robinson
Car and Driver

Jeremy Sinek

Steven Cole Smith, AutoWeek

Ben Stewart
Freelance “ Popular Mechanics, Road & Track

Alexandra Straub
Freelance “ Black Newspaper Group, Postmedia,

Tony Swan
Freelance “,, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, New Car Test Drive

Alex Taylor
Fortune Magazine

Richard Truett
Automotive News

Lawrence Ulrich
Freelance “ NY Times

David van Sickle
All About Autos

Larry Webster
Road & Track

Joe Wiesenfelder

Drew Winter
Wards AutoWorld

Gary Witzenburg
Freelance “