Detroit, MI — The 2012 Hyundai Elantra was today named the 2012 North American Car of the Year.
A jury of 50 independent North American automotive journalists, including five Canadians, evaluated each of the new cars introduced last year and chose the 2012 Hyundai Elantra as the winner.
The award was announced during a news conference at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, marking Hyundai’s second win. The Hyundai Genesis was named North American Car of the Year in 2009.
“This most prestigious of awards is a great illustration of why Elantra was one of the best-selling cars in Canada last year,” noted Steve Kelleher, president and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada, in a statement. “Given the fierce competition in the compact segment, especially here in Canada, we are honoured that the jury recognizes Elantra’s far-reaching impact on the industry.”
The jurors considered more than 50 new vehicles before selecting the top three cars and top three trucks.