Ford takes 2 of 3 North American vehicle of the year awards

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About 50 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada serve as judges

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DETROIT (AP) – Ford Motor Co.’s new electric Mustang Mach E is the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, and the company’s F-150 pickup Truck of the Year honors from a group of auto journalists.

Hyundai’s Elantra compact car took Car of the Year as all three awards were announced during a Monday webcast.

About 50 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada serve as judges, for the awards, which are announced every January. They’re chosen from dozens of candidates and must be new or substantially changed.

Automakers often use the awards in advertising. The judges evaluate finalists on value, innovation, design, performance, safety, technology and driver satisfaction. The selection process started last summer.

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