Lincoln, Honda, and Volvo winners at 2018 NAIAS

2018 Honda Accord Badge

Honda executives celebrate as the 2018 Honda Accord is named the vehicle of the year at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, on January 15, 2018.

The Volvo XC60 took the top prize in the utility category and the Lincoln Navigator for trucks.

The announcements were made Monday morning at the auto show's traditional location of the Cobo Center in Detroit.

Despite a disappointing year for the model, which saw sales drop 6.2 percent between 2016 and 2017, the Accord beat out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Motor Company (ADR) (NYSE: TM) Camry for the auto accolade.

2018 Honda Accord Front Right
Among the Kia Stinger Toyota Camry and Honda Accord the Accord was the winner thanks to a sleek design and fun-to-drive handling

"Honda seems to have executed some sort of magic trick", Chris Paukert, a juror from CNET, said.

The Accord edged out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry while the Navigator beat the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Expedition. "Not only is this 10th-generation Accord far sleeker and more decisively styled than its predecessor, it's somehow roomier inside, too". Utility finalists were the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Honda Odyssey. "The ride is exemplary, and when smartly equipped, it is a fine value". "With its design now aligned with the Continental, the Navigator becomes an even more important image - and the profit maker for Lincoln", said Ron Sessions of the New York Daily News.

The winners were selected from a group of 29 vehicles, including 11 cars and 15 utilities.

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