North American Car, Truck and Utility of the year revealed

Auto Show: Press Preview Underway

This morning in Detroit, the judges of the North American Car of the Year Award announced that the 2018 Honda Accord would be taking home the prize.

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

Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president for Honda's auto sales division, said the award represents "not resting on past. achievements".

Initiated in 1994, they are judged by 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work for independent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and industry websites.

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The Volvo XC60 won North American Utility Vehicle of the Year - a category that was won by the Chrysler Pacifica last year. 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.

According to the guidelines, the awards recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The Volvo XC60 and Honda Civic both took top honors in 2016. "The entire Lincoln team is very proud of the work that was done to create a truly differentiated, luxury Lincoln experience in our all-new Navigator".

The Accord edged out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry while the Navigator beat the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Expedition.

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