Corvette Is Sole GM Finalist for Car of Year

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Three Ford vehicles are among the six finalists for North American car and truck awards to be presented next month at the North American International Auto Show.

The finalists, selected by a panel of 48 journalists from the United States and Canada, were announced Monday.

The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette, the Chrysler 300/300C and the Ford Mustang have been selected as finalists for the North American Car of the Year.

The Ford Escape Hybrid, the Ford Freestyle and the Land Rover LR3 are finalists for the North American Truck of the Year.

The winners will be announced Jan. 9 at the Detroit auto show, which is not otherwise involved in the awards.

The winners are picked by a jury of journalists representing newspapers, magazines and television. The vehicles are benchmarks in their segments for areas including innovation, value, safety, ride, and handling.

Last year's North American Car of the Year was the Toyota Prius, while the Truck of the Year was the Ford F-150.