The votes have been counted and the winners declared for the annual North American Car of the Year and North American Truck/Utility of the Year awards at the Detroit Auto Show this morning. They are the 2015 Volkswagen Golf in the car category and the 2015 Ford F-150 in the truck/utility category.
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As always, the competition has been tough, with the Golf this year beating out strong rivals like the Ford Mustang and Hyundai Genesis in the final round of voting. The seventh-generation of the iconic hatch is an impressive vehicle and has managed to pick up close to a dozen major accolades, including the Best Car To Buy 2015 award from our sister site Green Car Reports.
The F-150, meanwhile, was up against the Chevrolet Colorado and Lincoln MKC. The win by F-150 is the eighth time a Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] vehicle has won the North American Truck/Utility of the Year title.
2015 Ford F-150
The awards, which are now in their 22nd year, recognize vehicles based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value. More than 50 journalists vote for the vehicles after an extensive testing period.
To be eligible, a vehicle must have been substantially changed from the previous model and must go on sale in the U.S. and Canada shortly after the winners are announced at the annual Detroit Auto Show. The vehicles must also be popular sellers, which means many niche products like those from the exotic brands are ruled out. Last year’s winners were both from Chevrolet: the Corvette Stingray and Silverado 1500.