Accord, Navigator, XC60 take top prize at Detroit auto show

Accord, Navigator, XC60 take top prize at Detroit auto show

The 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck Awards announced on Monday at the 2018 Detroit Auto show went to two luxury vehicles and one mainstream sedan.

This year's press preview for the North American International Auto Show ends Tuesday.

"Honda took a clean-sheet approach to reinventing America's most popular vehicle, and we couldn't be prouder to receive this honor for Accord as the North American auto 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.

"Honda seems to have executed some sort of magic trick-not only is this 10th-generation Accord far sleeker and more decisively styled than its predecessor, it's somehow roomier inside, too", said Chris Paukert, managing editor of CNET's Roadshow and one of almost 60 automotive journalists on a jury that voted on the awards.

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

Only vehicles that are all new or substantially changed for the 2018 model year were eligible to win. Finalists were the Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. The utility category is specifically for car-based crossovers and minivans.

The Volvo XC60 is the latest model the vehicle company has constructed using its new four-cylinder-only concept.

The judging panel considered a variety of attributes to determine the winners, including innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value.

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