Top auto awards go to Hyundai and Ram

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DETROIT (NBC) -- The 2019 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) award winners have been announced.

The Hyundai Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona and the Ram pickup have received North American car, sport utility and truck of the year awards.

The awards were announced Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

This year's car finalists also included the Honda Insight and Volvo S60/V60. Truck finalists included the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500.

SUV finalists also included the Acura RDX and the Jaguar I-Pace.

Last year's winners were the Honda Accord, Lincoln Navigator and the Volvo XC60.

About 55 automotive journalists serve as judges. Eligible vehicles must be new or substantially changed.

Organizers accept no advertising, though automakers try to capitalize on the marketing value of the awards, which are now in their 25th year.

This year, the 2019 finalists are:

Car of the Year:
Genesis G70
Honda Insight
Volvo S60/V60
Utility Vehicle of the Year:
Acura RDX
Hyundai Kona/Kona EV
Jaguar I-Pace
Truck of the Year:
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
GMC Sierra 1500
Ram 1500

Votes from nearly 54 jurors for the car, utility and truck finalists were audited by Deloitte LLP, NACTOY’S accounting firm of record, and results were kept confidential until they were revealed on stage today at the LA Auto Show by NACTOY’s officers.

“This year brought us some impressive sedan options. Car sales remain an important part of the available choices to consumers even as sales in the segment continue to fall,” said NACTOY President Lauren Fix. “We are always looking for a game-changer, something that stands out in a crowd, and strikes a positive chord with buyers. The finalists will all be impressive options to consider.”

Every year, after months of driving dozens of cars throughout the year, NACTOY jurors pick award winners for “North American Car of the Year,” “North American Utility of the Year,” and “North American Truck of the Year.” This year, the field of semi-finalists included 14 models in the car category, 12 utilities and three trucks.

Here's the full 2019 Detroit auto show reveal schedule for Jan. 14:
NACTOY, Atrium Stage 8:05 am – 8:30 am
Ford 8:40 am – 9:05 am
RAM 9:10 am – 9:35 am
Toyota 9:40 am – 10:05 am
Volkswagen 10:10 am – 10:35 am
Nissan 10:40 am – 11:05 am
Kia 11:10 am – 11:35 am
Infiniti 11:40 am – 12:05 pm
Hyundai 12:10 pm – 12:35 pm
Subaru Tecnica International 12:40 pm – 1:05 pm
Lexus 1:10 pm – 1:35 pm
GAC 1:40 pm – 2:05 pm
Michelin 2:10 pm – 2:35 pm
Magna International, Atrium Stage 2:45 pm – 3:10 pm
Roadshow by CNET Shift Awards, Atrium Stage 3:20 pm – 3:45 pm
Roadshow by CNET Keynote Speaker, Atrium Stage 3:45 pm – 4:35 pm
NAIAS 2020, Atrium Stage 4:45 pm – 4:55 pm
Automotive Hall of Fame, Atrium Stage 4:55 pm – 5:05 pm