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Chevrolet Bolt EV, Honda Ridgeline and Chrysler Pacifica Win 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year

On Monday, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced the Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.

In its 24th year, the awards are chosen by a jury of nearly 60 automotive journalists. Vehicles are judged on several categories including: innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, value and driver satisfaction. This year marked the first year that three awards were presented. Previously, crossovers, SUVs and minivans were included in the truck category.

The Car of the Year went to the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt aims to be the first affordable electric car, starting under $30,000 and covering more than 200 miles on a single charge.

The Honda Ridgeline won Truck of the Year and was designed using a car-type body structure for improved fuel economy. It also features unique speakers in the walls of the truck bed and a large under-bed storage compartment.

The Utility Vehicle of the Year went to the Chrysler Pacifica, which features rear video screens that can either play videos or become touch screens for gaming. The Pacifica is also the first minivan to offer a plug-in hybrid model, covering 35 miles on a single battery charge.

View more coverage from the 2017 auto show or check out the Chamber’s photos from the show.