Advancements in steel are continuing to accelerate innovation and help vehicles across all categories pull in leading automotive industry awards, advancing occupant protection, performance and value to both the industry and its customers. Riding into first place for the 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards – announced during the first Press Preview Day of the North American International Auto Show – are the Chevrolet Bolt, Honda Ridgeline and Chrysler Pacifica.
Car of the Year: Chevrolet Bolt
The Chevrolet Bolt, named the 2017 North American Car of the Year, goes the distance. From its high-strength steel frame to the advanced electric motor technology under the hood, the Bolt is built with sustainability in mind to help you get from point A to point B efficiently and safely. The Bolt was also recently named Motor Trend’s 2017 Car of the Year.
Truck of the Year: Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline’s modern, rugged and aerodynamic body – featuring a broad array of advanced materials – makes it a stand out as the 2017 North American Truck of the Year. Whether you’re towing a camper trailer for a weekend getaway or tackling a DIY backyard project, the Ridgeline is all about optimizing performance using a variety of steels to strengthen and increase rigidity of its body construction for a lighter weight vehicle with a better overall driving experience.
Utility Vehicle of the Year: Chrysler Pacifica
The Chrysler Pacifica took home this year’s first ever North American Utility Vehicle of the Year title. The Pacifica’s popularity has quickly grown as a favorite for families and those constantly on the go. Its extensive use of thin-gauged high-strength steels helped the Pacifica achieve strength and durability without sacrificing space. Its body structure, constructed of 72 percent high-strength steel, also helped the vehicle earn a 5-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), giving families peace of mind that their precious cargo will be protected.
The use of high-strength steels in the structures of all three winners this year, proves the fundamental role steel continues to play in the automotive industry in Detroit and across America in efforts to improve vehicle strength and performance. Each year, vehicles eligible for the 2017 NACTOY awards are judged by a group of nearly 60 automotive journalists from across the U.S. and Canada. Vehicles are honored for excellence in innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and more. This year, marks the first Utility Vehicle of the Year category, nodding to the growing demand for SUVs in markets around North America.
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