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Hyundai, Ranger Rover Take North American Car/Truck Honors

The North American Car of the Year award goes to a foreign nameplate partially engineered in the US.

The Hyundai Elantra took top honors over the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Passat. John Krafcik is President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. He says the Elantra was designed in California with technical engineering from the Michigan office. This is the second time Hyundai has won the car of the year honors – the last time was in 2009 for the Genesis luxury car.

“That was a premium car and it said that Hyundai is here and it could complete against some of the very best automobiles in the world. What’s great about this is that the Elantra is right in the heart of our market, it’s in our sweet spot… and to have that validation of a car like this one against great competitors like the Ford Focus, the Cruise, the Civic, the Corolla… it’s an amazingly completive segment, to have this honor feels really, really good.”

The annual award is selected by a group of 50 automotive writers.

They also chose the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque for North American Truck of the Year honors beating out the BMW X3 and the Honda CR-V.