The annual awards were selected by the North American Automotive Press Panel representing the United States, Canada and Mexico as the 2018 Honda Accord sedan, the 2018 Volvo XC60 SUV and Lincoln Navigation’s 2018 truck year.
The winners are from the nine shortlisted list: Car Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Kia Stinger; SUV Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Honda Odyssey and Volvo XC60; truck Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.
All voted models are completely redesigned in the 2018 model year and will be launched in 2017.
Because magazines rely on car ads, these awards are considered more reasonable than the new car awards earned by magazines. In addition, jury voters have far more employees than personal magazines such as Car & Driver or MotorTrend. Voters come from multiple media, radio, television and the internet.
“The 2018 finalists reflect the incredible variety of vehicles that new advanced technology carmakers are adding to their products and are placing increasing emphasis on providing consumers with state-of-the-art safety features even in Affordable models. “Mark Phelan, Automotive Reviewer Detroit Free Press.
But finalists have shown that it’s hard to classify vehicles today. The Lincoln Navigator won the “best truck of the year”, is actually a SUV. The Honda Odyssey is the finalist of the annual SUV, though it is a van.
These awards also highlight the difficulties of distributing countries of origin. For example, the two best-selling cars in the United States, such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, are made by Japanese car companies, but both are made in the United States and sold more than Ford and General Motors . The XC60 comes from the Swedish carmaker Volvo, formerly owned by Ford and now owned by a Chinese carmaker.