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Ford Flex, F-150 finalists for U.S. car of the year

Two Ford Motor Co. large vehicles are finalists for the 2009 North American Car and North American Truck of the Year awards.

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DETROIT – Two Ford Motor Co. large vehicles are finalists for the 2009 North American Car and North American Truck of the Year awards.

The Ford Flex, a seven-passenger crossover vehicle will be considered for top car of the year. Ford’s F-150 truck is a finalist for best truck of the year.

Winners will be announced on Jan. 11, the first press day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Both the 2009 Flex and the F-150 made the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s list of the safest new cars last month.

Other finalists include the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan and Volkswagen Jetta TDI in the car category. The Mercedes-Benz ML 320 Bluetec and Dodge Ram pickup were the other finalists in the truck category.

Ford’s Lincoln MKS, a luxury crossover vehicle, was a candidate in the car category, but did not make the finalist list.

Shares of Ford dropped 30 cents or 9.6 per cent Thursday to $2.84.

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