Chevy Bolt gets top auto award; Honda Ridgeline top truck

The Chevrolet Bolt beat out the Genesis G90 and Volvo S90.

Experts say the Chevy Bolt being named auto of the Year was a bit of a surprise, as electric vehicles aren't necessarily surging with buyers in the market.

"We have more than 40 manufacturing facilities in the USA and over the last two years alone we have investment more than $11 billion creating thousands of new jobs in the USA, as well as recruiting technical talent", Barra said Monday morning after Chevrolet unveiled the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse at the Detroit auto show.

Jaguar's F-Pace, the luxury automaker's first CUV and the beautifully designed and engineered Mazda CX-9 were the other two finalists in the Utility category the Chrysler won.

Honda's Ridgeline took the top honor as Truck of the Year, beating out Ford's F-Series Super Duty and the Nissan Titan. The vehicle is built in the nearby Orion plant. The award for utility vehicle of the year is new for 2017.

"This award is a prized validation of the innovations and advantages the Ridgeline offers midsize pickup truck customers and a great recognition of the American development team's work", said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Chevy Bolt gets top auto award; Honda Ridgeline top truck

The vehicle, with its all-electric powertrain, becomes the first pure electric vehicle to win the award.

Inaugurating the new section is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, the minivan built by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' American brand that proved to be a huge success. Another made in Detroit vehicle took that one: The Chrysler Pacifica.

"This was a big surprise".

The prestigious award is given by a jury of 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who tested dozens of new vehicles that went on sale this year and ranked them with a system of points.

The Honda Ridgeline in unveiled during the Honda press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, January 11, 2016.

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