Honda, Volvo, Lincoln Win Vehicle Of The Year Awards At NAIAS

Isaac Cain
January 16, 2018

Honda's midsize sedan was named North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday, ahead of the Camry and surprise second-place Kia Stinger. The Honda Ridgeline was crowned truck of the year last year, and the Honda Civic won auto of the year in 2016.

Despite a disappointing year for the model, which saw sales drop 6.2 percent between 2016 and 2017, the Accord beat out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Motor Company (ADR) (NYSE: TM) Camry for the auto accolade.

As for North American Truck of the Year, the redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator beat out the also-redesigned Ford Expedition - which shares the same underpinnings and platform as the Nav - and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, which interestingly enough, was the only pickup on the list. Among the redesigned Honda Odyssey, redesigned Volvo XC60 and brand-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Swede reigned supreme.

The Lincoln Navigator was completely re-engineered for the first time in the model's history.

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The Utility of the Year; the Volvo XC60. The General Motors luxury brand sold 14,700 Escalades previous year.

In recent weeks a jury panel of 60 automotive journalists narrowed each category down to three contenders. The winners of the 2017 awards were the Chevy Bolt EV, Chrylser Pacifica, and Honda Ridgeline.

Organizers accept no advertising, though automakers try to capitalize on the marketing value of the awards, which are now in their 24th year.

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