Top Detroit auto awards go to Hyundai and Ram

14 Janvier, 2019, 21:24 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • The 2019 Genesis G70 the North American Car of the Year Nadine Fillion  Driving

Hyundai Kona (and Kona EV) has won the 2019 North American Utility of the Year award. The Genesis competed against the Honda Insight and Volvo S60/V60, and the Kona bested the Acura RDX and Jaguar I-Pace.

The Genesis brand is still in its infancy, and this luxury arm of Hyundai is already racking up awards.

The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck took home the honors, besting both General Motors pickup trucks.

Kamloops, B.C. -born Reid Bigland, CEO of FCA Canada, poses with the award for North American Truck of the Year next to the winning Ram 1500.

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Truck honors went to the Ram 1500, which beat out two General Motors trucks - the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra - to win in a highly competitive and lucrative market for US automakers.

"It's always a case of it's not how much you spend, it's how much you make", he said.

The winners were picked from a list of three semifinalists announced at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show after being whittled down from a list that initially contained 46 new or significantly changed vehicles. The judges evaluate finalists on value, innovation, design, performance, safety, technology and driver satisfaction.

It's uncommon - but not unheard of - for an automaker or brand to nab more than one award in a given year in the contest, now in its 25th year.

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