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

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

The Detroit Auto Show got rolling on January 14, with worldwide trade and tax cuts dominating the conversation, even as carmakers raced to meet Americans' seemingly insatiable appetite for trucks and SUVs.

The Accord took home the prize for top auto, while the XC60 and Navigator were recognized as utility vehicle and truck of the year respectively. The three awards were presented at the Detroit Auto Show.

Honda sold 322,655 Accords in the U.S.in 2017, a 6.5 per cent decline over the previous year.

The Accord beat the Toyota Camry and the Kia Stinger.

"Honda seems to have executed some sort of magic trick", Chris Paukert, a juror from CNET, said. The newest Accord, the nameplate's 10th generation, was praised in particular for looking low and sleek but surprising with more room than its predecessor. The award caps a positive year for Ford trucks, which saw a 4.3-percent annual pop in segment sales, and a poor term for the Lincoln brand, which saw a 17-percent sales decline.

Redesigned for 2018 from the ground up, the Lincoln Navigator won Truck of the Year over its mass market sibling, the Ford Expedition, and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

Roughly 60 jurors from print, online, and broadcast new publications in the United States and Canada chose the winners from a pool of dozens of new vehicles, which were tallied by Deloitte LLP.

With autonomous driving capability, gorgeous interior design, and impressive value when well equipped, the 2018 XC60 stood above the rest.

The Volvo XC60 took the top prize in the utility category and the Lincoln Navigator for trucks.

Volvo's redesigned 2018 XC60 reigned supreme over the also-redesigned Honda Odyssey and all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The total field consisted of 29 vehicles, including 11 cars and 15 utilities.

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