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The 2015 Ford F-150 drives Oct. 1 in San Antonio, Texas. (Sam VarnHagen/Provided by Ford)

Aluminum Ford F-150 North American Truck of the Year; VW Golf also winner

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Market Trends | Technology

Automotive journalists have named the aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150 their North American Truck/Utility of the Year, and the Volkswagen Golf took first among cars.

The awards were announced Monday at the North American International Auto Show. Here are the first and second votes.

“Ford is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors,” Ford Americas preisdent Joe Hinrichs said in a statement. “Ford employees and customers have a lot to be proud of with the innovative and award-winning F-150.”

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The new F-150 weighs 700 pounds less thanks to its shift to an aluminum body. As a result, the collision repair industry is scrambling to prepare in terms of expensive training and equipment to work on what has been in the past a highly popular model.

The F-150, with 297 points, beat out the Chevrolet Colorado (205) and Ford the Motor Company’s Lincoln MKC (68) to win. It was a larger margin than the Golf, which with 265 points beat the Ford Mustang (204) and Hyundai Genesis (110).