Just announced today is the short list for possible North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) winner, which will be announced at the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) in January. Per tradition, this list will be culled down to an even shorter finalist list prior to the show.
This year's car short list features the 2013 3 Series and the 2013 X1 on the truck/utility short list.
For the cars on this list that do not ultimately win, being named to the list is already a sign of distinction given the number of new cars introduced per model year. Below are the car and truck lists.
2013 NACTOY Car short list
BMW 3 Series
2013 NACTOY Truck/Utility short list
Hyundai Santa Fe
Infiniti JX 35