Accord's win marks the third consecutive year that a Honda model has received top honors from the North American jury of automotive journalists, with the Honda Civic and Honda Ridgeline winning the auto and truck awards in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
This morning in Detroit, the judges of the North American Car of the Year Award announced that the 2018 Honda Accord would be taking home the prize.
This year's press preview for the North American International Auto Show ends Tuesday. The award program, now in its 24th year, has twice gone to the Honda Civic.
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Introduced for 2017, the Utility Vehicle of the Year, as the name implies, is a utilitarian tour de force. Other utility finalists were the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Honda Odyssey, and Navigator beat the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Expedition.
Among the Kia Stinger, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Accord was the victor, thanks to a sleek design and fun-to-drive handling.
"Lincoln is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors", said Kumar Galhotra, president, The Lincoln Motor Company.
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Only vehicles that are all new or substantially changed for the 2018 model year were eligible to win.
Last year's winners were the Chevrolet Bolt, Honda Ridgeline and Chrysler Pacifica minivan.
Awards such as these, which are voted on by a panel of almost 60 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada, are important for the automakers.
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The winners were voted on by a panel of more than 60 jurors, who made their picks based on "segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar".