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2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards

2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year

A jury of 50 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States chose the winners of the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards recently. These prestigious awards were announced at the North American International Auto Show.

The Hyundai Elantra won the 2012 North American Car of the Year Award.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque won the 2012 North American Truck of the Year Award.

To determine the winners of this annual award, the group of automotive journalists who are experts in consumer needs, consumer want, and the latest in vehicle technology, rated 2012 vehicles on a number of factors. With key criteria benchmarks including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and overall value for the dollar.

This is the second year that Hyundai has won this award for one of its vehicles. In 2009 the Hyundai Genesis was awarded the North American Car of the Year Award. In 2011, the Hyundai Sonata made it to the final round of three finalists.

For Land Rover, this was the first win for the high-end vehicle manufacturer. Land Rover has had vehicles reach the finalist stage in the past but 2012 marks its first win.

In the North American Car of the Year Award category, the three finalists were:

 

Based on the benchmark criteria, these three cars were rated and awarded points based on success in each category. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra took first place with 174 points, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat took second with 161 points and the 2012 Ford Focus captured third place with 155 points.

With jurors giving the Hyundai Elantra resounding accolades including this statement from Jayne O’Donnell from USA Today, “The Hyundai Elantra is sporty, yet sensible. Luxurious, yet affordable. Spunky, but safe. The Elantra is a series of paradoxes and every one is another argument for the latest, impressive entry in the Hyundai lineup.”

In the North American Truck of the Year Award category, the three finalists were:

 

The Evoque won first place with 254 points, the CR-V captured second place with 142 points and the X3 took third place with 94 points.

This was the 19th year for the awards and for the first time in 15 years that European automakers have been at the front of the awards finalists. To be considered for these awards, the vehicle must be completely new or have undergone a considerable redesign.