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Korean automaking giant Hyundai Kia placed a whopping seven vehicles among the semifinalists competing for 2021 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year titles, nearly double the total for the next two automakers.

Ford and General Motors each scored four spots among the 27 semifinalists for the auto industry’s most hotly competitive awards. No other automaker scored more than two spots on the list. Fiat Chrysler, smallest member of the Detroit Three, landed two pickups on the list.

Three finalists for each of the awards are scheduled to be announced Dec. 17. The winners will be revealed Jan. 11.

The most anticipated vehicles made the list, including traditional leaders like the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, Ford F-150 and Nissan Rogue. But newcomers like the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, Chevrolet Trailblazer compact SUV and Genesis GV80 luxury SUV are well represented.

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