Detroit Auto Show 2016 is scheduled from Monday, January 11 to January 24, Sunday. It has already declared the winners of Car and Truck of the year. Honda Civic was awarded Car of the year and Volvo XC90 was awarded the title of Truck of the year at NAIAS 2016.
NAIAS is a combination of five shows, which includes: The Gallery, an automotive event, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview, and a Public Show. NAIAS stands for North American International Auto Show which is one of the most prestigious Auto Shows of the world.
Honda Civic was declared ‘Car of the year’ winning against Mazda MX-5 Miata and Chevrolet Malibu in 2016. While ‘Truck of the year’ for 2016 was given to Volvo XC90, having beat out the Nissan Titan XD and Honda Pilot. Both, Honda Civic and Volvo XC90 had their second victory as Civic previously was awarded in 2006 while Volvo XC90 previously won the title in 2003.
This Detroit Auto Show 2016 was the 22nd award competition for the automakers. Each year this award is administered by Deloitte. In all the past 21 events, domestic automakers have been awarded 12 times for Car of the year category, while European, Korean, and Japanese automakers have won four, two, and three times respectively. For ‘Truck of the year’ domestic automakers have won 14 times, while European got the award for three times and Japanese automakers won four times.
Winners of the Detroit Auto Show 2016 are already announced; the awards are not handed over in the event, nor are any voting done. A jury of car and truck reviewers handed out the awards before the event is officially started in Cobo Center.
Other winners included:
- Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Mid-Size Car: Kia Optima
- Full-Size Car: Chevrolet Impala
- Electric/Hybrid: Chevrolet Volt
- Sports/Performance Car: Chevrolet Corvette
- Small SUV/Crossover: Honda CR-V
- Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: Honda Pilot
- Full-Size SUV/Crossover: Chevrolet Tahoe
- Luxury SUV/Crossover: Lexus RX
- Minivan: Honda Odyssey
- Trucks: Ford F-150
According to the Sponsors of NAIAS, this Auto Show is different from other similar shows because the winners are decided by a panel of independent jury instead of being handed out by a specific publication, radio, website or TV station. The jury includes automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.