North American Car and Truck of the Year: 2015 VW Golf and 2015 Ford F-150
The 7th generation redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf was named North American Car of the Year, and the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 won North American Truck of the Year honors from an independent jury of 57 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada.
The VW Golf prevailed over the other two finalists, the 2015 Ford Mustang and the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, tallying 256 points over the Mustang's 204 and the Hyundai's 110. The Ford F-150 was a runaway winner with 297 points over the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado (205 points) and the 2015 Lincoln MKC (68 points).
The coveted awards, now in their 22nd year, were announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The jury and award are independent of the show.
It is the second win for VW, which took Car of the Year honors in 1999 for its New Beetle, while Ford has won Truck of the Year 8 times, 4 times with the F-150. Last year's winners were the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette and 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.
Editor's Note: The author is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury.