Ford, Hyundai win North American Car, Truck & Utility Vehicle of the Year awards

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Jan 11, 2021
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(WXYZ) — The winners of the North American Car and Truck of the year were announced on Monday morning with Ford winning two of the three awards.

The Hyundai Elantra was named the Car of the Year.

The Ford F-150 was named Truck of the Year

The Mustang Mach-E was named Utility Vehicle of the Year

The other finalists were:

Car of the Year: Genesis G80, Nissan Sentra

Truck of the Year: Jeep Gladiator Mojave, Ram 1500 TRX

Utility Vehicle of the Year: Genesis GV80, Land Rover Defender

"In this very challenging year, these nine vehicles emerged as our Finalists out of an unusually strong field of 27 Semifinalists," NACTOY president Gary Witzenburg said in a release. "Each one of them – especially the 15 in the ultra-competitive utility vehicle category – is excellent in nearly every way. Not to mention the automakers' unusually difficult challenge of getting our 50 jurors from all over North America into their candidate vehicles for testing and evaluation prior to our later-than-usual voting deadline."

The process begins with a list of new or changed vehicles launched in each model year, and then jurors test and evaluate each of them.

Winners used to be announced during the North American International Auto Show.