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Hyundai Genesis, “2009 Car of the Year in North America”


The panel of judges of the “North American Car of the Year” chose the Hyundai Genesis as “2009 Car of the Year” at the Detroit Auto Show. The award was announced during a press conference at the Detroit Auto Show.

The panel of judges, comprised of 50 prestigious journalists specialised in the automobile sector, highly valued the quality of the Hyundai Genesis.


“The Hyundai Genesis represents everything we’ve learned, to date, about engineering in sedans – and we are delighted that the judges have acknowledged the impressive work carried out by our Department of Research and Development,” stated John Krafcik, the president and executive director of Hyundai Motor America. “And we’re not stopping here. The Hyundai Genesis will share the spotlight at other Auto Shows with its rear-traction platform, the Genesis Coupe.”

The judges had to take into consideration more than 50 new models before choosing the top three cars: Hyundai Genesis (189 votes), Volkswagen Jetta TDI (180 votes) and the Ford Flex (139 votes).

The “North American Car of the Year” is chosen by a panel of 50 independent journalists from the US and Canada. This was the 16th edition of the award, inspired by the prestigious “European Car of the Year.” The judges value the vehicles based on a series of factors such as innovation, design, safety, manoeuvrability, driving satisfaction and the quality-price ratio. This is the first time the Korean manufacturer receives this prestigious award.