DETROIT -- The Chrysler group's Firepower concept car took top honors Thursday night at the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards.
The Firepower was named most significant vehicle and car of the year at the awards ceremony at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich. The South East Automotive Media Organization of Charlotte, N.C., administers the awards.
The two-seat Firepower sports car debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. It is built on a Dodge Viper chassis and has a 6.1-liter V-8 Hemi engine. It has a sloping hood, aluminum accents and a tinted glass roof that reaches to the back liftgate.
The Jeep Gladiator was named truck of the year. The pickup has an open-air canvas roof, a fold-down windshield and a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine. It takes its name from a 1962 Jeep pickup.
The Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe won the production preview award. Jaguar compares the car with its XK120 and E-Type forerunners. Although the concept has an electric engine, the production version will have a V-8, Jaguar says.
The Ford Shelby GR-1 won the specialty award. The GR-1 is powered by a V-10 engine, uses a variation of the Ford GT suspension and has a polished aluminum body.
A panel of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada judged the competition.