- The aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck earned the 2014 Truck of Texas award at the 2014 Texas Auto Writers Association Truck Rodeo.
- The 2015 Ford Transit was named Commercial Vehicle of Texas.
- The 2015 Lincoln MKC took home the CUV or compact-utility vehicle of Texas prize.
Trucks and Texas have been a natural fit, since cowboys and ranchers rely on the vehicles to help them tame the state's open spaces.
Ironically, the Steel Market Development Institute is the official sponsor of the 2014 Truck Rodeo, according to the group's Web Site.
The 2015 Ford Transit was named Commercial Vehicle of Texas. Ford also won the Truck Line of Texas honor.
The 2015 Lincoln MKC took home the CUV or compact-utility vehicle of Texas prize.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee captured the SUV of Texas for a fifth straight year.
Other winners include the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk as compact SUV of the year; the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD as full-size SUV of the year and the 2015 Range Rover Evoque as compact luxury SUV of the year.
Sixty auto writers drove 75 vehicles on and off road for two days at the Knibbe Ranch to choose the winners.
Awards season is just beginning for 2015 vehicles. Members of the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury are driving the latest vehicles in Hell, Michigan. This week as they make their selections for the 2015 prizes. The winners will be announced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers should follow the major awards since they provide invaluable insight into the best vehicles on the market.