The automaker was presented with the award Monday morning at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Voted on by no fewer than 60 North American journalists - including your humble Motor Mouth - the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) prizes are the highlights of automotive award season. Reid Bigland, CEO of the Ram brand, said the judges appreciated the reworked 1500 pickup, including its electric assist system for better gas mileage, a 12-inch infotainment touch screen and "the bold look of our exterior, the refinements on the interior, the ride, the handling".
This year's auto finalists also included the Honda Insight and Volvo S60/V60.
Last year's winners were the Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and Lincoln Navigator.
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SUV finalists also included the Acura RDX and the Jaguar I-Pace.
Truck honors went to the Ram 1500, which beat out two General Motors trucks - the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra - to win in a highly competitive and lucrative market for USA automakers.
The Hyundai Kona was named North American sport utility of the year.
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