Ford Maverick, Bronco Win Truck, Utility of the Year Awards

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DETROIT—For the 2nd twelvemonth successful a row, vehicles from Ford Motor Co. took 2 of the 3 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards.

The company’s Maverick compact pickup won motortruck of the year, portion its Bronco off-road SUV earned the inferior of the year. Honda’s redesigned Civic compact car won the car of the year.

Fifty automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada are judges for the 3 awards, which are announced each January. They’re chosen from dozens of candidates and indispensable beryllium caller oregon substantially changed for the existent exemplary year. Automakers often usage the awards successful advertising.

The judges measure finalists connected value, innovation, design, performance, safety, technology, and operator satisfaction. The enactment process started past summer.

In summation to the Bronco, Utility of the Year finalists included the GV70 from Hyundai’s Genesis luxury brand, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 electrical SUV.

Truck finalists included the Maverick arsenic good arsenic its main tiny pickup competitor, the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Also included was the Rivian R1T pickup from the electrical conveyance startup.

In summation to the Civic, car finalists included the Lucid Air electrical sedan, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI and R sports cars.

Fully electrical vehicles were finalists successful each 3 categories this year, but judges picked gas-powered oregon gas-electric hybrid vehicles.

Guidehouse Insights E-Mobility Principal Analyst Sam Abuelsamid, who is not among the jurors, said it’s apt the much affordable prices of the Civic and Maverick appealed to the group.

The Maverick, with a hybrid powertrain, starts astatine $19,995, portion the Civic’s basal terms is $22,350.

Lucid’s Air Dream starts astatine $169,000, but lower-priced versions are coming. Rivian’s R1T has a starting terms of $67,500. Neither terms includes national oregon authorities taxation credits for electrical vehicles.

Last twelvemonth Ford’s Mustang Mach-E electrical SUV won the inferior award. Abuelsamid sees electrical vehicles winning much of the awards successful aboriginal years arsenic much models are rolled retired astatine little prices and successful much fashionable segments.

Toward the extremity of past year, determination were astir 20 electrical vehicles connected merchantability successful the U.S., and this twelvemonth manufacturers volition commencement selling astir 20 more, Abuelsamid said. Many are coming successful fashionable marketplace segments specified arsenic full-size pickups and compact crossover SUVs, helium said.

The awards, helium said, are becoming much important arsenic caller automakers participate the market. “There’s a existent accidental to make user consciousness for these brands,” Abuelsamid said.

Also astatine the announcement lawsuit successful Detroit Tuesday enactment connected by the Automotive Press Association, organizers of the large Detroit car amusement announced that it volition instrumentality to the metropolis successful September for the archetypal clip since 2019.

North American International Auto Show Executive Director Rod Alberts said the amusement would beryllium some indoors and outdoors successful and astir the downtown Detroit Huntington Place normal center. It volition instrumentality spot from Sept. 14 done 25.

By Tom Krisher

The Associated Press