Volkswagen Golf, Ford F-150 Win Top Vehicle Awards

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Jan. 12, 2015—Fifty-seven automotive journalists from Canada and the U.S. have voted the Volkswagen Golf as the 2015 North American Car of the Year. The Ford F-150 was picked as the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

Both winners were revealed Monday morning at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The awards—now in their 22nd year—are unique in the U.S. because instead of being given by a single media outlet they are awarded by an independent group of automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites.

The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year.

The three car finalists were the Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Golf. The Golf had 256 points, the Mustang 204, and the Genesis 110.

It was the second win for Volkswagen. The New Beetle won in 1999. The Golf was a finalist in 2010 but lost to the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

The three truck finalists were the Chevrolet Colorado, the Ford F-150 and the Lincoln MKC. The F-150 had 297 points, the Colorado 205, and the MKC 68. It is the eighth truck win for Ford and the fourth time the F-150 has won.

Last year, the North American Car of the Year was the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, while the North American Truck/Utility of the Year was the Chevrolet Silverado.

In the last 22 years, domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year 12 times and foreign automakers have won 10 times. Japanese automakers have three wins. European automakers have five wins. Korean automakers (Hyundai) have two wins.

Domestic manufacturers have won the truck competition 15 times.

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