The Ram 1500 was named North American Truck/Utility of the Year at a news conference this morning at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Ram defeated the Mazda CX-5 and Ford C-max to take the honors. This is the third time a Chrysler product has won the Truck of the Year award.

The award is considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious based on its diverse mix of 49 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada who serve as the voting jurors.

“For the Ram Truck Brand, this ranks as one of the proudest days in our history,” said Ram CEO Fred Diaz. “Every truck-maker aspires to win the North American Truck/Utility of the Year. I tip my hat to the folks who worked behind the scenes to make the 2013 Ram 1500 a technological triumph."

The Cadillac ATX took the Car of the Year award. The Dodge Dart was a competitor in the car selection.

This is the 20th year of the NACOTY awards. The Ram has won North American Truck of the Year honors once before: it was the first-ever Truck of the Year in 1994.