Surprise Winners Named at Detroit Auto Show


It's a big week for car and truck fans as technology is previewed, and awards are handed out, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The revamped, tech-heavy Honda Accord has been named car of the year -- while the top truck is the redesigned Lincoln Navigator and the best new SUV is the Volvo XC-60.

Despite the emerging technology for powering cars, none of the finalists were electric vehicles.

Auto industry expert Lauren Fix, the “Car Coach,” says better technology for drivers is a trend seen all over the show floor.

Fix also told Newsradio 740 KTRH from the show floor Monday that trucks “remain the favorite among American buyers,” hands down. Ford hopes to further cut into that market by reviving the Ranger this fall after an eight-year absence. It’ll be a new pickup offering that’s smaller than the popular F-150.

Technology and connectivity are the big trends at the show, according to Fix.

Previews continue through Thursday.

As for the caer awards, the vehicles were judged by a panel of 50 journalists from the U.S. and Canada. The all-new Accord has received a complete makeover and is powered by a high tech two-liter turbocharged engine and is packed with new technology. The Navigator is outfitted with a twin turbocharged, six-cylinder engine with a 10-speed transmission. Volvo says its new XC-60 mid-size SUV has more standard safety and comfort features than any other vehicle in its class.


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