Mon. 1:22 p.m.: Accord named top car at Detroit auto show

DETROIT (AP) – Automotive journalists crowned the Honda Accord the North American Car of the Year on Monday, a first for the longtime model that’s twice flirted for the top honor as a finalist.

The 10th-generation Accord edged out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry for the award, which was announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The award program, now in its 24th year, has twice gone to the Honda Civic.

The Accord, which went on sale last fall, is among many revamped car models hoping to snare buyers as sales fall and SUVs rise.

Honda sold 322,655 Accords in the U.S. in 2017, a 6.5 percent decline over the previous year.

The Volvo XC60 took the top prize in the utility category and the Lincoln Navigator for trucks.

Last year’s winners were the Chevrolet Bolt, Honda Ridgeline and Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Sixty U.S. and Canadian automotive journalists serve as judges for the awards program, which patterned itself after the European Car of the Year. Eligible vehicles, chosen from dozens, must be new or substantially changed.

The choices represent an aim to recognize the vehicles’ overall quality: The judges evaluate finalists on value, innovation, design, performance, safety, technology and driver satisfaction.

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