Each year, the editors at Autoweek Magazine walk every inch of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. They scrutinize every new and futuristic car and truck on the floor in order to present four special awards; those awards are Best in Show, Best Concept, Most Significant and Most Fun.
Although some may argue that the Ford Atlas concept could have (maybe should have) won each of the four awards at the 2013 NAIAS, Autoweek gave the Atlas the Most Significant prize for both its design and technological advancements.
“The Atlas Concept is clearly Most Significant winner for the things you don’t see, like hidden aerodynamic improvements and weight savings from high-strength steel and interior parts, like thinner seats,” said Bob Gritzinger, Autoweek executive editor. “Those things add up to significant fuel savings for pickup trucks down the road. A next-generation EcoBoost with Auto Start-Stop technology also signals why Atlas is a real game changer.”
Other distant competitors for this honor were the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel and Lincoln MKC concept. This is the sixth year in a row that Ford has won at least one of the four titles, with the F-150 also winning Most Significant in 2008 and 2009. For a list of the other winners and to read the full press release, click here.