DETROIT — The Honda Accord, Lincoln Navigator and Volvo XC60 were named the 2018 North American car, truck and utility vehicles of the year, respectively, at the North American International Auto Show.
This year's winners — all first-time winners in their categories — were selected by a jury of 60 American and Canadian automotive journalists from a group of three finalists in each category. A vehicle must be redesigned or significantly changed to be eligible for the award.
This is the first win for the Accord, which was a finalist for the industry's highest honor in 2008 and 2013. It beat out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry.
The Navigator trumped the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Expedition. Only three vehicles were eligible for the truck segment, and by default, all three became finalists.
The Volvo XC60 beat out the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Honda Odyssey in this, the third year of the utility category. Prior to that crossovers, SUVs and minivans competed in the truck category.
The 10th generation Accord was "virtually new from the ground up," according to Henio Arcangeli, senior vice president for the automotive division at Honda North America, who told Automotive News the win was the cherry on top of a great year.
"There's still millions of cars and sedans sold in the United States, they're very popular, and Honda's been very successful selling sedans so we see a bright future with sedans as we do CUVs as well," Mr. Arcangeli said.
Honda also is planning to launch a hybrid Accord in the coming months.
Anders Gustafsson, Volvo Cars' CEO of North America, said this year's win was a great start to the year, but he doesn't want to look too far in advance.