Honda Accord, Lincoln Navigator and Volvo XC60 Take top Honors at NAIAS

The 2018 Honda Accord was named the North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Mich. Monday

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The Honda Accord has won the latest battle against its archrival, the Toyota Camry. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator took the top truck honor, while the 2018 Volvo XC60 took top utility honor. This marked the second year that the prestigious awards had three winners instead of two, as the Truck/Utility class had been split two years ago. Arcangeli calls the Accord "new from the ground up", with more coupe-like styling and its first-ever turbocharged engines.

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The Utility of the Year; the Volvo XC60. Other utility finalists were the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Honda Odyssey, and Navigator beat the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Expedition. The judges loved the impact of the Navigator's looks and the effect this has on the rest of Lincoln's lineup. Last year's winners were the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chrysler Pacifica, and Honda Ridgeline.

This marks the third year in a row that Honda has received an award from the North American jury of automotive journalists. Accord was the first model from a Japanese automaker to be made in America, beginning in November 1982 in Marysville, Ohio, with cumulative US production of Accord exceeding 11 million vehicles over more than 35 years.

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The winners were voted on by a panel of more than 60 jurors, who made their picks based on "segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar".

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