Ford F-150 Earns Truck of Texas Award at TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo

Oct 15, 2014 03:20 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro


Texas was very good to Ford this month, as the automaker won eight categories in this year's Texas Auto Writers Association's annual Truck Rodeo.

Ford's latest 2015 F-150 earned the biggest prize, the Truck of Texas award, ending the Ram 1500's two-year reign.

"This year, the Texas Truck Rodeo had a record number of vehicles on hand for our members to evaluate,' said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA, according to the automaker. "We want to thank all of our partners in the automotive industry as well as sponsors for making this such a great event."

At this year's event, 60 writers drove 75 vehicles on and off road for two days at the Knibbe Ranch to choose the winners for event category.

This year's Texas Truck Rodeo was sponsored by the Steel Market Development Institute.

The 2015 Lincoln MKC took the CUV of Texas, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee captured the SUV of Texas title for the fifth straight year and Ford was also named the Truck Line of Texas.

"This is a significant honor, one of the three big ones along with the Motor Trend and North American Truck of the year awards. Our entire truck team is proud and honored to win the Truck of Texas trophy," said Doug Scott, marketing manager of Ford's truck group, according to the automaker.

The 2015 Honda CR-V Touring took the Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) title, the 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium was named the Mid-size CUV, the 2015 Kia Sedona SX was named Full-size CUV and the 2015 Lincoln MKC was named Luxury CUV.

"It's been a long time since Lincoln participated in the TAWA Truck Rodeo and we will definitely keep coming back," said Stephane Cesareo, Lincoln Global Communications Manager, according to Ford. "I had never been to Texas and have really enjoyed meeting the friendly members of TAWA and seeing some of the Hill Country of Texas."

Commercial Vehicle was the 2015 Ford Transit 250, Mid-size Pickup Truck title was won by the 2015 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab, Full-size Pickup Truck was the 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk was named Compact Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 was named Mid-size SUV, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD was named Full-size SUV, and the 2015 Range Rover Evoque 5-Door was named Compact Luxury SUV.

"We are extremely delighted and proud that for the fifth consecutive year, the respected and influential Texas auto writers have named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the SUV of Texas," said Mike Manley, president and CEO of Chrysler Group's Jeep Brand, according to the automaker.

Luxury Pickup Truck was the 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum, Heavy Duty Pickup Truck was the 2015 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn, and Off-road Pickup Truck was the 2015 Ram Power Wagon.

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