Bolt, Pacifica, Ridgeline named Car, Utility and Truck of the year

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And while taking home the North American Car of the Year award may seem like one small step for the victorious Chevrolet Bolt, it's one giant leap for EV-kind.

The Bolt also costs considerably less than previous long-range electric vehicles like the Tesla S luxury sedan.

But GM hopes that the Bolt's range at 200-miles per charge and the price at $37,000 will help shift opinions.

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Timothy Kuniskis, Fiat Chrysler's auto chief, said he's "amazingly proud" that a minivan scored the utility honor.

In 2016, the Honda Civic was picked as the 2016 North American Car of the Year.

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The second-generation Ridgeline pickup truck defeated the Nissan Titan and the Ford F-250 Super Duty. The prestigious award is given each year by an independent group of about 60 automotive journalists from the US and Canada.

The Pacifica received 300 points to win over the Mazda CX-9, 135, and jaguar F-Pace, 125.

"The market is taking notice of this auto, the first to offer a no-excuses reason to drive an electric vehicle", said Mark Reuss, General Motors' global product development director, as he took hold of the newly redesigned NACTOY trophy - which happened to be designed by recently retired GM styling chief Ed Welburn.

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The jury consists of journalists working in print, broadcast and online media. They are the longest-running award not associated with a specific publication, a structure that produces a diverse base of jurors.