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And the Internet Car of the Year finalists are...

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  October 29, 2009 05:29 PM

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The first-ever finalists for the Internet Car and Truck of the Year awards have been selected for the last round of voting. A jury of 12 automotive writers on the web narrowed their car favorites to the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Mazda 3, and Shelby GT500, while choosing the Ford Raptor, Chevrolet Equinox, and Volvo XC60 as truck finalists.

Consumers who voted in the first round on (don't paste that URL in Twitter) preferred the Audi Q7 TDI over the XC60 in the truck category, and liked the Ford Taurus SHO and Chevrolet Camaro SS over the Fusion Hybrid and Mazda 3. Nearly 10,000 votes were tallied.

"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," said Keith Griffin, the award's creator and vice president of the New England Motor Press Association.

Vote for your consumer favorites now through Nov. 13 at 5:00 p.m. and catch the winners, along with those chosen by the journalist jury, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

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