DETROIT –Motor Co. Ltd.’s Genesis luxury sedan and Motor Co.’s F-150 fullsize pickup are named North American car and truck of the year at the start of the North American International Auto Show here today.
Eliciting an audible gasp from the audience when its victory was announced, the Genesis narrowly edged out theFlex cross/utility vehicle and AG Jetta TDI diesel in the final round of balloting, garnering 189 votes, compared with 180 for the Flex and 131 for the Jetta.
The Genesis also won out over a number of luxury cars from established luxury brands in earlier rounds, including, Audi, Jaguar and Cadillac. Jurors credited the for its impressive engineering and value for the money.
The new F-150 won the truck category overLLC’s Dodge Ram pickup more decisively with 259 votes, compared with 167 for the Ram and 74 for the diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz ML320 Bluetec CUV.
The F-150 outlasted other well-regarded trucks in earlier rounds, includingMotor Co. Ltd.’s Pilot CUV, ’s X6 CUV and the Subaru Forester.
Jurors frequently cited the F-150’s strong capabilities aimed at the serious pickup-truck buyer and its dominating influence in the marketplace.
The awards are given by a jury of 50 journalists working for a variety of publications in the U.S. and Canada. Last year’s North American Car of the Year was the Chevrolet Malibu, while theCX-9 took the truck title.