Honda Accord wins auto of the Year

Honda Accord wins auto of the Year

Honda Accord wins auto of the Year

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

Lincoln seized its truck honor over General Motors Company (NYSE: GM)'s Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and the Ford Exhibition. The Truck of the Year is the Lincoln Navigator.

The Navigator, itself, closed 2017 with a 30.1-percent year-over-year increase in December sales. Utility finalists were the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Honda Odyssey. 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. Only new or substantially changed models were eligible for the award, with judges considering innovation, design, safety, driver satisfaction, and value for the dollar as criteria.

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"Honda seems to have executed some sort of magic trick", Chris Paukert, a juror from CNET, said.

Juror Ron Sessions of the New York Daily News said, the 2018 Navigator "received a more dramatic update than its Ford Expedition sibling and its impact for the brand will be stronger as a result".

"Like the XC90, the XC60 offers Volvo's distinct brand of luxury and it may even be more appealing than its bigger brother". It will go on sale early this year, Honda News reported.

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