Los Angeles – The annual Motor Trend Awards kicked off Monday in Los Angeles Auto Show the night and Detroit ruled the red carpet. General Motors executive director, Mary Barra, became the Person of the Year and the F-150 Truck of the Year.

But the headliner was the Alfa Romeo Giulia victory for the Car of the Year on the historic Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle and formidable Honda Accord.

"The Giulia was the only vehicle whose essence captivated the jury with its charm and unbridled enthusiasm for driving," wrote Mark Rechtin, of Motor Trend, about the winning entry, Alfa's first premium sedan in the US market. Alfa is a premium brand in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group.

Rechtin and his Motor Trend legal colleagues test the new cars, trucks and crossovers of 2018 through tough tests. Finally, the field was selected by a few finalists based on six criteria: design, excellence in engineering, performance, efficiency, safety and value.

The magazine also pays tribute to the most impressive player of the year in the auto industry with Barra as the consensus choice. The awards were presented Monday night in Los Angeles at the Petersen Automotive Museum, home to one of the largest collections of cars in the United States.

Giulia's agile victory was perhaps the most unexpected because Motor Trend is the rare automotive award that had a broad access to Tesla's Model 3. Tesla, for example, chose not to enter the EV at the prestigious North American year car, truck and SUV award (which will announce its finalists later this week) as it focused on increasing production. [19659006] The Tesla has won accolades for its bold, minimal interior design and as the first luxury EV to travel over 200 miles with a load. More than 450,000 hungry customers have submitted $ 1,000 in pre-orders. But Motor Trend found the Italian sedan more attractive for its personality, bady style, safety clbadification and gross speed.

"About three years ago, we set out to bring the best premium sedan in the world to the market, and here tonight, by choosing the Motor Trend award of the year, it is positive proof that we are on the right track," he said. Alfa boss, Reid Bigland, holding the Motor Trend "Golden Calipers" trophy.

Although his acclaimed 10 th -generation Accord fell short for Car of the Year, Honda did not go home empty-handed. His CR-V crossover won the SUV of the year, winning another Alfa, the Stelvio (based on the same platform as Giulia), as well as the reliable Subaru Crosstrek.

The Ford F-150, updated for 2018 after debuting its all-aluminum body in 2015, escaped with the truck award with a line of powerful and technically superior 4×4 products that included the all-terrain Raptor beast. The finalists were Chevy Colorado ZR2 and GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali.

In selecting Barra as Person of the Year, the jury not only awarded the first GM CEO, but honored an executive who brought bold changes to a recent bankruptcy. Automobile manufacturer.

"We wanted to recognize the CEO who makes the tough decisions and positions his company for success," said Motor Trend editor Ed Loh. "Mary has a program for everything from the car connected to the EV space, she closed a couple of long-lasting brands in Australia and Europe that have been a drag on the company, and she has faced many adversities: when you talk to people from GM they support it. "

The Motor Trend edition of the year recognized 49 auto executives for their talent, including Teson's Elon Musk, Chrysler designer Ralph Gilles and Ford's global boss Joe Hinrichs. The issue arrives at newsstands in December.

Look for the Golden Caliper trophy on the hoods of the winners at automobile exhibitions across the country.

Henry Payne is a critic of The Detroit News. Find it at [email protected] or Twitter @HenryEPayne. See "Car Radio with Henry Payne" from noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 9:10 AM Superstation.

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