With innovative features like the In-Bed Trunk®, Dual Action Tailgate and available i-VTM4™ AWD System, it’s no wonder the 2017 Ridgeline has been named North American Truck of the Year.
2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Winners Announced
DETROIT, Jan. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car, Honda Ridgeline pickup and Chrysler Pacifica minivan were named 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year, respectively, Monday.
The announcement was made at the North American International Auto Show Monday in Detroit.
The Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup received 364 points to beat the Ford F-series Super Duty, 193, and Nissan Titan, 72.
The jury and renowned designer Ed Welburn also presented a check for $5,000 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Michigan Foundation as payment for Welburn’s design of a new trophy for the awards. Welburn is a former design director of General Motors.
The Ridgeline was engineered to offer a pickup bed for cargo on a car-style chassis that delivers a smoother ride than most pickups. It offers unusual features like a “trunk” under its cargo bed’s floor and a double-hinged tailgate that opens down or from the side.
The North American Car and Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards honor excellence in innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value. Initiated in 1994, they are judged about 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work for magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites. They are the longest-running award not associated with a specific publication, a structure that produces a diverse base of jurors.
Jurors evaluated dozens of new vehicles that went on sale this year to determine the finalists.
The award for Utility Vehicle of the Year is new for 2017, in recognition of the growing popularity of SUV-style vehicles. Passenger-oriented minivans are also eligible for Utility of the Year. Vehicles eligible for Truck of the Year include pickups of all sizes and light- and medium-duty commercial vans.
For more information, go to: www.northamericancaroftheyear.org