Congratulations to our friends at Hyundai on designing and producing the North American "Car of the Year!" That's right, readers. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra was named "Car of the Year" at this year's Detroit Auto Show. The new Elantra has earned a ton of awards since its debut, but this is quite possibly its most impressive yet!
The determining jury was made of 50 North American journalists from the U.S. and Canada. These jurors analyzed over fifty vehicles launched in 2011 for the North American market. The Elantra beat out the other two finalists-the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Passat- by a large amount (more than 13 points over the second place vehicle). The Hyundai Elantra also conquered the Focus in the AutoBest 2012 awards.
So, what was the opinion surrounding the judges' choice? One jury member, Jayne O'Donnel, explains, "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."1 The other major award of the event went to the North American "Truck of the Year," the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
Have you seen the new Hyundai Elantra? If not, feel free to stop by Carter County Hyundai, located at 616 Holiday Dr. Ardmore, OK 73401, and take a gander at the award-winning vehicle. Then, when you're ready, we'll be happy to have you take the new Elantra on a test drive.