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As the North American International Auto Show looms ever larger on the calendar, so does the annual North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, the winners of which will be announced on January 9th, before the show opens.
This year, finalists for the NACOTY award are the 2012 Ford Focus (shown), Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat, while finalists for the North American Truck of the Year award comprise the 2012 BMW X3, Honda CR-V and Range Rover Evoque.
The announcement of the finalists came following a December 15th meeting of the Automotive Press Association. The North American Car of the Year selection process is handled by a panel comprising 50 accredited automotive journalists from the US and Canada.
The 2011 car of the year winner was the Chevrolet Volt.
The next-generation BMW 6 Series will be offered with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine as well as an all-wheel drive V8 model. According to a BMW employee posting on BimmerPost, the 2012 6 Series will initially be offered as a 650 model in both coupe and convertible form with production starting in early to mid 2011, with 640 and 650xi models heading into production in September. We expect the 640 to use the same turbocharged inline-six found in the new 740i.
Also noteworthy is the fact that the second-generation BMW X3 will also get a turbocharged inline-six. Launching as a 2011 model year crossover, the X3 will go into production in December of 2010 with an X3 xDrive28i model offered as well as the 300-hp turbocharged x3 xDrive35i.