Today, Tuesday, Ford was named the big winner in the North American Automotive Sector Awards, winning the Best Truck and Best SUV Awards, while Honda won the Car of the Year award.
The Ford Maverick was named Truck of the Year, Ford Bronco was named Best SUV and Honda Civic was named Car of the Year.
The timeless Civic, which began in 1972 and is currently in its eleventh generation, won the title of North American Car of the Year after beating another classic, the Volkswagen Golf, and the first product of the startup Lucid, the luxury electric car.
“If automakers were limited to producing just one vehicle, the Honda Civic would be a model,” Jacques Nerad, vice president of NACTOY, the group that has given awards to North American Vehicles of the Year since 1994, said in a statement.
Nerad added that Honda’s car combines virtually “every positive trait” imaginable.
The new Ford Maverick took the prestigious Truck of the Year title in North America’s most competitive segment, beating the Rivian R1T and Hyundai Santa Cruz in the final vote.
“Ford is revitalizing the compact pickup segment with one of the most attractive packages you can buy in 2022,” said Karl Brauer, Chairman of the NACTOY Board of Directors.
Brauer said the Maverick’s most impressive feature is its value, “a feature that is increasingly rare in modern automobiles.”
The most recent award, SUV of the year, went to the Ford Bronco, which beat the Genesis GV70 and Hyundai IONIQ 5 electric.
The judges noted that the Bronco is a “reliable competitor” to the classic Jeep Wrangler, able to compare itself with the Land Rover Defender in terms of decoration and aesthetics.
The NACTOY Awards have been given each year since 1994 by a group of 50 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.
NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg described 2021 as “a very important year in automotive history” for the emergence of revolutionary electric vehicles from many brands, as well as the creation of new segments in the sector.
This year, 36 vehicles were entered into the NACTOY competition. After three rounds of voting, the judges chose the winners.