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The nominees for the 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards have just been announced, marking the beginning of a six-month process.

The awards are among the most prestigious in the industry, and executives from Chevrolet and Honda will inevitably be sitting back with an expensive glass of wine after learning that both lead the pack with three nominations each.

In the Car of the Year category, both the Honda Clarity and Honda Accord have been nominated. Other nominees include the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 5-Series, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Stinger, Lexus LC500, Porsche Panamera, Subaru Impreza, Tesla Model 3 and Toyota Camry.

As for the Utility of the Year, Chevrolet has received nominations for both the new Equinox and Traverse and will compete against a crowded field of no less than 18 other nominees. Among them are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, GMC Terrain, Honda Odyssey, Kia Niro, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Rogue Sport, Toyota CH-R and Volkswagen Atlas.

Last, but not least, is the Truck of the Year award, with nominations awarded to the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

In September, a group of 60 journalists from the U.S. and Canada will vote for the semi-finalists. The following month, three finalists from each category will be selected and the winners will be announced at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Here's the full list of the models that made it through the initial selection process.

Car of the Year

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Audi A5 Sportback

BMW 5-series

Honda Clarity

Honda Accord

Hyundai Ioniq

Kia Stinger

Lexus LC500

Porsche Panamera

Subaru Impreza

Tesla Model 3

Toyota Camry


Utility of the Year

Audi Q5/S5

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

BMW X3

Buick Enclave

Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Traverse

GMC Terrain

Honda Odyssey

Jeep Compass

Kia Niro

Land Rover Discovery

Range Rover Velar

Mazda CX-5

Mini Countryman

Nissan Rogue Sport

Subaru Crosstrek

Toyota CH-R

Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volvo XC60


Truck of the Year

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Ford Expedition

Lincoln Navigator

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