Ford Motor Co. came away the big winner for The Detroit News Readers' Choice Awards on Tuesday, scoring accolades for its trucks and the GT supercar.
"This is the 12th year of The Detroit News Readers' Choice Award, the only award decided by the people who will actually be buying and driving the vehicles on display," auto critic Henry Payne told the crowd at the Detroit Economic Club luncheon Tuesday at Cobo Center. "Our Detroit News readers certainly felt the love when we asked 100 of them to tour the show last week and select their favorites."
More than 1,000 people applied to be judges, with 100 making the final cut. The chosen ones spent two hours touring the North American International Auto Show last Wednesday, the first day of the industry preview. They marked their top choices in 10 categories ranging from practical, innovation and earth-friendliness to just plain sex appeal.
Top overall honors went to the Ford GT, but the Dearborn automaker also stole the "Most Innovative" category with the aluminum body F-150 pickup and the "Most Awesome Off-Road" vehicle for the F-150 AVT Raptor pickup, which premiered at the auto show. The GT, which Ford said it plans to begin manufacturing next year, also won for "Best Curves."
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won for "Best Family Hauler" with its Town & Country minivan and for "Best Value" with the Dodge Dart.
General Motors Corp.'s Chevrolet brand took home two awards: "Most Earth-Friendly" for the Volt and "Sexiest Vehicle" for the Corvette Z06.
Rounding out the rest of the winners were the Mercedes F 015, an autonomous driving concept that took "Best Future Fantasy" and the Bentley Mulsanne, which was voted "Most Luxurious."
The awards were presented Tuesday during the Detroit Economic Club's annual luncheon with the Big Four: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.
Readers' Choice Awards
Detroit News readers picked these as their favorite cars and trucks at the Detroit auto show:
Best of Show: Ford GT
Best Future Fantasy: Mercedes F 015
Best Family Hauler: Chrysler Town & Country
Best Curves: Ford GT
Most Innovative: Ford F-150
Sexiest Vehicle: Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Best Value: Dodge Dart
Most Earth-Friendly: Chevrolet Volt
Most Luxurious: Bentley Mulsanne
Most Awesome Off-Road : Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
If you're going...
The North American International Auto Show is now open to the public.
Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily through Saturday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m Sunday
Admission: $13 adults, $7 for ages 7-12 and 65 and older
Location: Cobo Center,
1 Washington Blvd., Detroit