Ford F-150, Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Elantra

The all-new Ford Mustang Mach-E, an electric powered motor vehicle, was named 2021 North American Utility of the 12 months although the redesigned Ford F-150 pickup was named truck of the year and the Hyundai Elantra took top rated motor vehicle honors.

The winners, declared Monday, were being chosen by a 3-portion voting course of action by a jury of 50 automotive journalists from U.S. and Canadian media. The winners were being picked from a team of three finalists in each category.

In addition to the Mustang Mach-E, the other finalists for utility auto had been the new Genesis GV80 and the revived Land Rover Defender. The other truck finalists have been the Jeep Gladiator Mojave and Ram 1500 TRX. The Genesis G80 and Nissan Sentra have been the other auto finalists.

The Ford F-150 has now captured the prime truck honor five occasions — 1996, 2004, 2009, 2015 and 2021.

Utility vehicles became a different award in 2017.

This is the second win in the motor vehicle category for the compact Elantra and the fourth get in the classification for Hyundai Motor Group, which also took the leading place with the Genesis sedan in 2009, the Elantra in 2012 and the Genesis G70 sport sedan in 2019.

The F-150 and Mustang Mach-E wins were particularly gratifying for Ford, which has struggled with current merchandise introductions, notably the newest Explorer.

The coronavirus pandemic introduced additional difficulties to the launch of the F-150 and Mustang Mach-E, Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford Americas & Worldwide Marketplaces Group, claimed during the award method Monday.

Ron Heiser, chief engineer for the Mustang Mach-E, referred to as a productive start a “team sport,” introducing it took a whole lot of hard work from all of people concerned this calendar year.

The motor vehicle honor is the most current in a string of market milestones for Hyundai and Hyundai Group, which have produced good strides in new-car or truck high quality and engineering.

Suitable automobiles are both new or substantially altered and re-engineered. Jurors evaluate just about every car dependent on innovation, design, security functionality, know-how, driver gratification and price.

The winners in 2020 were the Chevrolet Corvette (vehicle), Jeep Gladiator (truck) and Kia Telluride (utility).

The 9 finalists for 2021 were being selected from 27 semifinalists, narrowed down from an first slate of 43 motor vehicles. Richard Truett, an engineering reporter for Automotive News, is amongst the jurors.

For a listing of previous winners, click on below.