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Detroit 2009: Hyundai Genesis, Ford F-150 win North American Car and Truck of the Year
by Jonathon Ramsey on Jan 11th 2009 at 10:17AM



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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I agree. It's not like a deisel Jetta is a new thing, and although I like Ford for the most part, the Flex is nothing fantastic or groundbreaking. Neither the Jetta nor the Flex are in a position to be such a turning point for their respective companies as the Genesis is.

If we had lost, it would just have been nothing but the same old narrow-mindedness that the media has had towards Hyundai for years. They are usually set against the vehicle before they even get to experience it just because it's a Hyundai.
 
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