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January 17, 2018
By Mario Cywinski

The 2018 North America Car Utility and Truck of the Year award winners were announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, recently.

All-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator was crowed the North American Truck of the Year, besting other finalists: Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

“Lincoln is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors,” said Kumar Galhotra, President, The Lincoln Motor Company. “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 2018 Volvo XC60 was named as north American Utility Vehicle of the year, topping finalists: Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Honda Odyssey. Volvo also won the award in 2016 with the XC90.

“We are so proud the XC60 has won this prestigious award,” said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA. “It is a very tough competition and we thank all the judges for recognizing the great style, technology, and engineering in the XC60. All car shoppers should take a test drive to see for themselves how great it really is.”

North American Car of the Year was the 2018 Honda Accord, which beat out finalists: Kia Stnger and Toyota Camry. Honda also won the North American Car of the Year award in 2016 with Civic, and North American Truck of the Year award in 2017 with Ridgeline.

“Honda took a clean-sheet approach to reinventing America’s most popular car, and we couldn’t be prouder to receive this honor for Accord as the North American Car of the Year,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., Senior Vice-President of the Automobile Division and General Manager of Honda Sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We’re especially proud for the production associates in Ohio where Accord has been built to the highest quality standards for over 35 years.”

The awards are based on voting jurors, which consist of automotive journalists from Canada and the United States.

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