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The Ram 1500 pickup is one of three finalists for North American Truck of the Year honors. The Ram is up against the Ford C-Max and Mazda CX-5.

The announcement came today at an Automotive Press Association luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club.

The finalists were selected from a field of nine light trucks (pickups, SUVs and crossovers by a panel of 49 professional automotive journalists.

The winner will be announced on January 14 before the North American International Auto Show press days.

The Dodge Dart was among those considered for the North American Car of the Year award but didn't make the final cut. The Cadillac ATS, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord are the finalists in that category.

The 2013 Ram is also Motor Trend's Truck of the Year