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 |  Jan 10 2011, 9:24 AM

The 2011 Ford Explorer beat out the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee to win the North American Truck Of The Year award. The winner was announced at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, where the Chevrolet Volt was also announced as the Car of the Year.

Ford took the honors last year with their Transit Connection van in 2010 and the F-150 in 2009. The Explorer is all new for 2011, with a new car-based platform, rather than the truck chassis that underpinned the car throughout its life since its introduction in 1991. 49 journalists from the United States and Canada voted on the award.

Read Autoguide’s review of the 2011 Ford Explorer here

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