• Jan 11, 2009
Like an automotive continuation of the BCS bowls, winners were crowned for the 16th North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year awards at the Detroit Auto Show this morning. Voted on by 50 automotive journalists in various media from the U.S. and Canada (where's Mexico?), winners took home a bit of brand polish and a big lump of crystal.

The award selects "the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar." For a shot at the title, eligible vehicles must be "all-new" or "substantially changed" from the previous model.

Taking the monogrammed plaque in the car category was the Hyundai Genesis, beating back two other finalists, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI and the Ford Flex. It's the first time a diesel has been a finalist, and it was only beat by a car that is gathering plaudits everywhere and for everything.

The truck field was narrowed down to the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram, and Mercedes ML320 BlueTEC. With the highest available towing capacity, the highest payload capacity, and class-tying fuel economy -- not to mention being the best selling vehicle for more than three decades -- it's no wonder who won.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Both of them deserve it.

      F150 is an awesome truck.

      Genesis is a very good luxury sedan without the over-inflated price tag.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hyundai should be proud of this. It's been a long time, but they finally get their chance to shine. Kind of makes Motor Trend's Car of the Year contest seem small and unimportant.

      Congrats, Hyundai. You deserve it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kia also build their plant in Georgia. They will created thousands jobs in US.

      http://www.expansionmanagement.com/smo/articleviewer/default.asp?cmd=articledetail&articleid=19690&st=5

        • 6 Years Ago
        Bull! They have taken away more jobs then they have created from auto makers that use a lot more American parts!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You just don't stop, do you Tokyo Rose? Please just go away and stay away. No matter how many accounts you have I'll always be able to find you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's good to see the Genesis get this. As it becomes more acceptable for car companies to have cheap and expensive cars in the same showroom, then maybe BMW/ Benz will start bringing more reasonable offerings.

      Remains to be seen, and yes, I am drunk for thinking that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The clientele for luxury products such as BMW vehicles does not want 'cheap/affordable' products. That does leave us enthusiasts with a problem but that's why I learnt buying Mazdas makes more sense given my budget and goals. 80% of the performance and features for 50% of the price.


      • 6 Years Ago
      I bet Toyota is scared now. They already said Hyundai was their top threat, and the biggest anchor weighing down Hyundai (sales/appeal/resale value/price/profit) is their decade-old reputation. They've improved their designs and quality by leaps and bounds and they're a world-class manufacturer, but not enough people know it or believe it. So they need this kind of publicity to hammer the new reality into people's minds. Also the Tau V8 from the Genesis was one of two V8's on Ward's Ten Best Engines for 2009 (Chrysler's Hemi was the other V8).
      • 6 Years Ago

      If the Flex had gotten a few more votes, it might have won. Ford would then have double honors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      http://www.autoblog.com/2009/01/10/2009-international-car-and-truck-of-the-year-revealed/

      In the First Annual MGBYG awards:

      I like the Dodge and the Hyundai Genesis
      • 6 Years Ago
      To all the 'BMW Buyers don't want this' people:

      My step father drives an '07 750i, he was car shopping for my mother after her car met an untimely death at the hands of a Mercedes driver, and the number one car on his list was the Genesis. He drove it and loved it, however, my mom is a bit more simple minded when it comes to cars and wanted to get the new Camry instead. Anyway, the car was every bit as impressive to him as his BMW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i meant 2wd models***
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, the power, towing capacity and looks are all something that should be part of the process but what about historical reliability and quality - something we are all paying for. Ford puts out the F150 with a leaky front window that fries all the electronics and does nothing about it while Toyota at least fixes their problems. Shame the pundits don't base their award on reality. Oh, did I mention the blowing spark plugs and leaky back window... sorry...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Genesis really is a staggering accomplishment. The backseat feels like a leather couch, it's eerily quiet inside, and the V6 powertrain is a total beast.

      I just have to wait 2 or 3 years to pick up a used one at a good price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. I am simply amazed at how many awards the Genesis is winning. Hyundai has truly built a world-class luxury sedan, and I congratulate them for it.
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