North American International Auto Show 2018 Official Press Day One

Apparently, automakers are bucking tradition at this year’s big auto show in Detroit as several held pre-press day preview events at which they launched significant new vehicles. These included Chevrolet, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz.

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Images courtesy NAIAS

As journalists settled themselves into seats for the traditional day one of press days at the North American International Auto Show, it appears trends were still being bucked. Case in point, as they announced the winners of the annual North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year, a utility won the truck category.

GearDiary North American International Auto Show 2018 Official Press Day One

Truck of the Year, Lincoln Navigator

I thought we settled these things years ago by splitting all award categories more specifically but I guess so long as you have some type of actual frame underneath your vehicle you can win the truck category, and those honors this year went to Lincoln for the new Navigator. Its competition consisted of yet another ute, its sibling Ford Expedition, and the midsized Chevy Colorado ZR2, which really wasn’t that new. Rounding out the awards this morning were Honda Accord for top car and Volvo XC60 for top utility.

GearDiary North American International Auto Show 2018 Official Press Day One

Utility of the Year, Volvo XC60

GearDiary North American International Auto Show 2018 Official Press Day One

Car of the Year, Honda Accord

In the coming days, weeks, and months we will certainly be bringing you more in-depth news about the vehicles that debuted in Detroit this year but for now, I will present a gallery of images from day one of press days at the North American International Auto Show.


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David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.