Finalist Voting Now Open for Internet Car & Truck of the Year

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The Internet Pros & The Average Joes have spoken and they largely agree on their choice of finalists for the 2011 Internet Car & Truck of the Year awards that will be presented in December.

Consumers have chosen from American cars over imports, all of the finalists selected by voters were from the Detroit Big Three: Chrysler, Ford and GM. The Internet Pros prefer American sheet metal as well, in four of the six categories with Korean nameplates filling out the remaining spots.

Now it’ s up to you, the consumer, you are invited to go to InternetCarandTruckoftheYear.com and vote for your choice for the Consumer Internet Car of the Year and Consumer Internet Truck of the Year.

Over the past few months, semi-finalists were voted in each category, the list has been narrowed down to three finalists for each award. The finalists for the Internet Car of the Year and Internet Truck of the Year finalists, as determined by a panel of Internet automotive writers, have also been determined.

The Internet automotive writers, a jury of 15, from some of the leading automotive web sites, have selected as their finalists for the first-ever Internet Car and Truck of the Year awards:

Car

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
  • Hyundai Sonata

Truck

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Ford Super Duty
  • Kia Sportage

Consumers, voting for the first time on the Internet at a website not dominated by OEM manufacturing, have voted for power:

Car

  • Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • Ford Fiesta

Truck

  • Ford Super Duty
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Dodge Ram 2500

Internet Pros and Average Joes have divergent opinions about what qualifies for Internet Car of the Year.

Voting by the jury of Internet automotive writers reflects respect for technology, innovation, and, of course, power while the consumers, or Average Joes, want power, power and more power. Voting for the Truck finalists (which includes pickups, SUVs and crossovers) was fairly close with the writers opting for the Kia Sportage over the consumers’ choice of the Ram 2500. The truck category had the closest voting.

Consumer votes will be taken until 5 p.m., EST, Friday, Nov. 12. The winners will be announced and presented in early December.

From now until Nov. 13, the Internet Automotive Writers will be reviewing the six finalists for their final votes. Each juror will cast one vote in each category. The complete list of jurors (including myself) is available at the Internet Car and Truck of the Year website.

About The Author

I founded Automoblog.net in May of 2006 to share my love of cars. My favorites include the Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 VT and Koenigsegg CCX, and I think the Ferrari 360 Spider is still one of the sexiest cars in existence. For “normal” cars, I like imports - Nissan, Audi, Subaru... I love my Pearl Yellow (don't judge) 1990 Nissan 300ZX TT and plan to get it to around 550 HP one day. I'm also an avid world traveler and love rock climbing.

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