A panel of automobile journalists has selected the Volkswagen Golf as the North American Car of the Year and the aluminum Ford F-150 as Truck of the Year.
The Golf topped the Hyundai Genesis and the Ford Mustang for the top auto award. Finalists for Truck of the Year were the Lincoln MKC and the Chevy Colorado, but in the end, Ford took home the award.
“Volkswagen is thrilled to start 2015 with the Golf and the Golf GTI taking home the incredible North American Car of the Year title”, said Michael Horn, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. Still to come to the Golf lineup is a 292 horsepower, all-wheel drive R, which sold out a pre-order of 500 in less than 11 hours. Also ahead is a TDI Clean Diesel with a 1.8 liter turbo four, and a Sportwagen that goes on sale in the spring. For the year, the Golf was “Das Auto.”
Ford said it was honored to be name Truck of the Year, in “such a strong field of competitors.” The win is the eighth time a Ford vehicle as won Truck/Utility of the Year.