“This is a special recognition for all the men and women at FCA who brought this vehicle to fruition,” said Reid Bigland, head of the Ram brand.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles debuted the redesigned Ram at the 2018 Detroit auto show; it reached dealerships in the summer. The truck is available in a range of models and trims with a luxurious interior and improved payload and towing capacity versus those of its predecessor.
The Ram 1500 also offers a mild hybrid system called eTorque. Standard on V6 engines and optional on the V8, eTorque uses a 48-volt battery to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce the burden of running additional electronics from the engine.
The redesigned truck helped sales of the Ram 1500-3500 jump to 537,000 units in 2018, an increase of 7.2 percent compared with the year prior. As a result, FCA gained share on both the Silverado and Ford F-Series in the full-size pickup segment.
“It’s great that consumers can see what we see in the Ram 1500,” Bigland said.
The compact crossover Hyundai Kona won Utility of the Year over the Jaguar iPace and Acura RDX. The Kona seats five and comes with a 147-horsepower turbocharged engine or an electric powertrain with 258 miles of range. All-wheel drive is available. Its starting price is $19,990.
In a double win for Hyundai, its luxury sedan Genesis G70 took home Car of the Year honors. Also nominated were the Honda Insight and Volvo S60.