For the first time ever a Hyundai has won North American Car of the Year.
Beating out the other finalists (the Ford Flex and VW Jetta TDI), was the Hyundai Genesis Sedan.
With a V6 and optional 380 hp V8 powerplant the Genesis is the new flagship of the Hyundai lineup and is the Korean manufacturer’s first true luxury vehicle.
In fact, initial reviews of the Genesis state that Hyundai might have out-Lexused Lexus with this ES350 killer.
While it certainly isn’t a sign of the times that a luxury car has won the North American Car of the Year award, it is a sign of the times that the luxury sedan is an economical one with a starting price of just over $32,000.
It should be pointed out that not only is this the first North American Car of the Year win for Hyundai but it is the first time a Korean car manufacturer has won.
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