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The 2014 Maserati Ghibli has been included on the 2014 North American Car of the Year long list. The Ghibli will be up against some tough competition to take home the big prize though. Last year the Cadillac ATS took home the top prize, and this year Cadillac has two vehicles in the running, the CTS and the ELR. The car makers with the most entries on the list are Kia and Chevrolet with five each.

The long list will be trimmed down to about 12 vehicles in the Fall, once all 50 jurors have had a chance to drive everything. This list will be narrowed down again to the top 3 before the winner is announced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

What do you think of the list? Any snubs? Any undeserved nominations? Could the Ghibli win?

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2014 North American Car of the Year Long List

2014 Acura RLX
2014 BMW 4 Series
2014 Cadillac CTS
2014 Cadillac ELR
2014 Chevrolet Corvette
2014 Chevrolet Impala
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
2014 Chevy SS
2014 Fiat 500L and E
2014 Honda Fit EV
2014 Infiniti Q50
2014 Jaguar F-Type
2014 Kia Cadenza
2014 Kia Forte, 5-door, Koup
2014 Kia Soul
2014 Kia Quoris
2014 Lexus IS
2014 Maserati Ghibli
2014 Mazda3
2014 Mazda6
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
2014 Nissan Versa Note
2014 Porsche Cayman/Cayman S
2014 Smart fortwo electric
2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year Long List

2014 Acura MDX
2014 BMW X5
2014 Buick Encore
2014 Chevrolet Silverado
2014 Ford Transit Connect / Wagon
2014 GMC Sierra
2014 Honda Pilot
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe LWB
2014 Jeep Cherokee
2014 Kia Sorento
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
2014 Nissan Rogue
2014 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo
2014 Ram 2500/3500
2014 Subaru Forester
2014 Toyota 4Runner
2014 Toyota Tundra
2014 Toyota RAV4
 

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I love the Ghibli, but normally these awards prioritize innovative impact, so I doubt the Ghibli will win. The Ghibli is no doubt a fantastic car, but it's not innovative in a world of increasing electrification of the automobile. I bet one of the EVs or plug-in hybrids will win the award.

Now if a Ghibli plug-in hybrid with extended range is developed, THAT could win.
 

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I agree that a hybrid or EV has an advantage as far as technological innovation, and just being relevant to what's going on in the car industry right now. I see some type of compact winning the prize. It has to have cargo room, fuel efficiency, great design, and comfort.
 

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I'll be staying tuned to see the winner. Personally I'd give it to the new S class. That thing is a technological marvel.
 
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