Honda, Volvo, Lincoln Win Vehicle Of The Year Awards At NAIAS

Honda Accord, Lincoln Navigator, Volvo XC60 named vehicles of the year at Detroit auto show

The award program, now in its 24th year, has twice gone to the Honda Civic.

The Auto Show is open to the public January 20-28, 2018. Arcangeli calls the Accord "new from the ground up", with more coupe-like styling and its first-ever turbocharged engines.

The Accord edged out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry while the Navigator beat the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Expedition.

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The Lincoln Navigator was completely re-engineered for the first time in the model's history.

Juror Ron Sessions of the New York Daily News said, the 2018 Navigator "received a more dramatic update than its Ford Expedition sibling and its impact for the brand will be stronger as a result".

The XC60 offers much of the luxury of Volvo's higher-end XC90, at a lower price, the jurors said. The General Motors luxury brand sold 14,700 Escalades a year ago.

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Roughly 60 jurors from print, online, and broadcast new publications in the United States and Canada chose the winners from a pool of dozens of new vehicles, which were tallied by Deloitte LLP. Each judge was charged with evaluating the contenders based on factors including innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value. Last year's winners were the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chrysler Pacifica, and Honda Ridgeline.

Organizers accept no advertising, though automakers try to capitalize on the marketing value of the awards.

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