Spoiler Alert: the Koreans won big this year.
Every year for the past quarter-century now, a panel of the top automotive journalists in North America get together to jointly select their favorite new vehicles on the market. And at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show this week, they announced their picks for the North American Car, Utility, And Truck of the Year.
Top honors this year go the Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona, and Ram 1500. It'a a massive victory for the Korean automaker, which last won one of the prizes in 2012 with the launch of the Hyundai Elantra and only once before that in 2009 with the Genesis.
The G70 beat the Honda Insight and Volvo S60/V60 from the short-list of finalists for the Car of the Year award. And the Kona (and Kona EV) beat out the Acura RDX and Jaguar I-Pace.
Given this year's awards, we can't help but wonder what might be when Hyundai finally enters the pickup market. But for now, the folks at FCA headquarters in Auburn Hills can celebrate having won out over the new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra twins that were the only other finalists in the Truck category. FCA last won two years ago when the Chrysler Pacifica was named Utility of the Year.
The Ram 1500 won twice before, with previous awards having gone to the Chrysler 300, PT Cruiser, and Cirrus, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the group's earlier minivans.
"We want to thank every automaker for taking the time and effort to work with us throughout the year as our jurors rigorously tested, evaluated and debated the best new vehicles on the market,” said NACOTY president Lauren "The Car Coach" Fix.
"Now in our 25th year, we are proud that both automakers and consumers recognize the value our awards provide to new car buyers.”