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2015 North American Car & Truck of the Year Awards

2015 North American Car of the Year Volkswagen Golf2015 North American Car of the Year Volkswagen Golf
2015 North American Truck of the Year Ford F-1502015 North American Truck of the Year Ford F-150

The 2015 Auto Show Season is well under way and as always January started off with the Car and Truck of the Year Awards at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.  Many industry insiders had predicted that the 2015 Ford Mustang would win Car of the Year and were surprised when the winner was announced as the Volkswagen Golf/GTI, beating out Ford and the Hyundai Genesis for the title.  The much anticipated 2015 Ford F-150 did take home the Truck of the Year Award as expected however. The North American Car and Truck Of The Year Awards are voted on by a panel of 57 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada and to be eligible each vehicle must have been “substantially redesigned for the new model year” to be eligible. Vehicles are rated on criteria such as innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

Volkswagen adds the North American Car of the Year accolades to the Golf’s selection as Motor Trend Magazine’s Car of the Year and this is the second time a Volkswagen has been selected Car of the Year. Previously the New Beetle won the award in 1999.  The Golf has a starting price under $18,000 and was praised for sporty looks, smooth handling and outstanding fuel economy for its class. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction control and engine braking assist, plus a host of airbags to protect the cabin.

Not surprisingly the Ford F-150, took home the North American Truck of the Year award for the fourth time, beating out their own Lincoln MKC, and the Chevy Colorado, which snatched the Motor Trend truck of the year away from Ford earlier this month. Chevrolet also swept the 2014 awards winning for both the Corvette Stingray and Chevy Silverado. This year the all-new, aluminum-bodied F-150 won by delivering a mix of efficiency and capability with solid handling and comfort.

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