2018 North American Car, Truck, And Utility Of The Year: And The Winners Are…

The ‘Oscars of the automotive industry’ have been handed over to the big winners at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

One of the vehicles that managed to stand out in the 2018 North American Car of the Year awards, turning out to be more popular than the other two finalists – Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry, is the new generation Honda Accord.

Unveiled last summer and launched a few months later, it has a more modern styling and higher-tech cabin with new technologies, including 4G LTE connectivity and wireless smartphone charger, and three powertrains, including a hybrid.

Receiving top honors from the jurors is the new Volvo XC60, which walked home with the 2018 Utility of the Year award.

The small luxury SUV faced the Honda Odyssey and Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the final, but it managed to impress the 60 jurors from the United States and Canada, who appreciated its “safety and driver assistance systems” in “a package that exudes Scandinavian design”, according to the NACTOY President, Mark Phelan.

Last, but definitely not least, the Lincoln Navigator has been named 2018 North American Truck of the Year, being favored over the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition.

This is the first time a Lincoln vehicle walks home with such an award, making the brand’s President, Kumar Galhotra, say that the team “is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors”.

The road to the 2019 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year will start this summer, when the nominees will be announced in each category.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Honda took what was their best looking car and turned it into this. “Hey Honda- where’s the grille?!”
    Lincoln??? Oooh lord Nooooo!
    Volvo? Suddenly you have 1 design that comes in S-M-L-XL. Yeah, that will get old quick.

  • Hamster

    its a pity… Stinger should have won the Car of the Year

    • Shobin Drogan

      I have higher hopes that the EU car of the year would be more likely to be given to the stinger.

      • Mind Synthetic

        lets face it EU awards are far more meaningful

    • Eythan Aldrich

      Indeed….maybe World Car of the Year?

  • Nordschleife

    I feel the Stinger should have won the car award but its’ competition was stiff. The other two were hands down winners to me.

  • Leconte Dave

    Kia Stinger should have won

  • Honda NSX-R

    The Accord is a good car but I would’ve been very happy if the Stinger won.

  • Jerry Hightower

    I don’t care how great the technology is in a car, if it’s ugly like the Honda I don’t want it! I’d prefer the good looking Stinger! The Navigator is a truck? Looks like a SUV to me. The other truck contenders were actual trucks. Who comes up with this crap?

  • KidRed

    Accord has a lot of bad angles. They took the A7 look and ruined it with that c-pillar and ugly shoulder-line crease into protruding brake light. The expansive front-end with those excessively overdone and repetitive headlight bulbs and matching fog lights are a really unattractive look Honda/Acura seems be doing a lot more of.

  • 31/12/2999

    Stinger or Camry should win.

    • John

      maybe stinger… camry just had some extreme makeover… there’s nothing “car of the year” about it.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Agree with those cheering for the Stinger. The Lincoln is impressive for one of these huge beasts. As ever, I have no use for Chinese Volvos.

    • alexxx

      Lincoln impressive? For an 80s design,I agree… Judging by ‘Chinese Volvo’ comment,you are stuck in the 80s also…

      • Six Thousand Times

        Lincoln better than most of these big trucks, particularly the Escalade. And no, not a fan of Chinese design and imports from that country.

        • alexxx

          I don’t expect you or majority of people to understand but nationalities dont exist….we are all one….

          • Six Thousand Times

            Then we all should be making the same money for the same work. China could stand on its own. Now China is a source of cheap labour to the detriment of workers elsewhere. And that’s nothing against the Chinese workers, themselves. It’s the companies that shutter factories in North America and Europe to exploit that labour that I oppose.

  • Tostik

    Just saw my first 2018 XC60 T8 twin engine on the road. What a great looking car.