A jury of 50 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada has named the Hyundai Elantra as the 2012 North American Car of the Year while the Range Rover Evoque was named as the Truck of the Year.
"Elantra speaks to the success of our recipe of bold design and great fuel economy," said John Krafcik, president and chief executive of Hyundai Motor America. "In a year with some truly breakthrough competitors, we are honored that the jury recognizes Elantra's far-reaching impact on the industry."
The Car of the Year award is a second for Hyundai as the Korean carmaker's Genesis full-size luxury sedan bagged the award in 2009. In the award's 2011 edition, the Hyundai Sonata was one of the three finalists.
The Range Rover Evoque, meanwhile, holds the distinction of being the first Land Rover vehicle to bag the Truck of the Year award. The LR3 and the Defender 90 were nominated for the award in 2005 and 1994, respectively.
"We are honored that the all-new Range Rover Evoque has been named the 2012 North American Truck of the Year, one of the most celebrated automotive awards in our industry," said Andy Goss, president of Jaguar Land Rover North America. "This recognition is in keeping with the overwhelmingly positive global response from consumers who are selecting the vehicle for its ideal combination of luxury and capability, within a sustainable package."