Honda's Accord was named the 2018 vehicle of the Year on Monday at the North American International Auto Show, making it the third year in a row that a Honda model has won one of three awards given to various vehicle types.
The winners were announced at the Cobo Centre in downtown Detroit.
Finalists this year include Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Kia Stinger for NACOY; Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator for NATOY; and Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Honda Odyssey, and the Volvo XC60 for North American Utility of the Year.
To be eligible for the awards, a vehicle had to be new or substantially changed for the current year. "Not only is this 10th-generation Accord far sleeker and more decisively styled than its predecessor, it's somehow roomier inside, too".
"Like the XC90, the XC60 offers Volvo's distinct brand of luxury and it may even be more appealing than its bigger brother", said juror Kirk Bell, a freelance automobile writer. "The ride is exemplary, and when smartly equipped, it is a fine value". The award caps a positive year for Ford trucks, which saw a 4.3-percent annual pop in segment sales, and a poor term for the Lincoln brand, which saw a 17-percent sales decline.