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The Lincoln Continental earned top honors as Ford Motor Co. picked up three awards for its new cars and trucks in The Detroit News annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Roughly 100 judges voted Lincoln’s new flagship sedan as Best of Show amongst all the reveals at the 2016 North American International Auto show. The Continental sports three engine options: a base, 3.7-liter V-6, 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6, and a powerful, 3.0-liter twin-turbo six with 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. It will be built at Ford Motor Co.’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant and will hit showrooms late this year.

As he presented the various honors on Tuesday, Detroit News Editor and Publisher Jonathan Wolman noted that the Readers’ Choice Awards are “the only honors bestowed by the people actually buying and driving the vehicles on display here.”

The announcement was made Tuesday at a Detroit Economic Club annual luncheon with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Ford also took Next Up in my Garage honors for its refreshed Ford Fusion and Baddest Off-Road Vehicle for its Raptor performance pickup. Both vehicles will be available later this year.

General Motors Co. won three awards: Best Road-Trip Ride for its Cadillac Escalade, Best Future Concept for its Buick Avista and Most Eco-Friendly for its Chevy Volt.

Fiat Chrysler Automobile NV’s Chrysler brand won two awards: Best Family Fun Finder for its new Pacifica minivan and The Most for your Money for its 200 sedan.

Foreign automakers took home a pair of awards. The Lexus LC 500 took home Sleekest City Ride honors and the BMW I8 won for Coolest Technology.

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