The top three finalists for both the 2014 North American Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year have been released, with the winner set to be announced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
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The long list of vehicles in the running for the 2014 North American Car of the Year and 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year has been announced.
The North American Car and Truck of the year awards (NACTOY) are highly coveted by automakers, and the long-list for 2013 has just been released.
After taking top honors for the North American Car of the Year at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, it’s no surprise that the Hyundai Genesis has also claimed to top prize from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
The Genesis appears to be the right car for the times, a well-priced luxury sedan from an automaker known more for well-built entry-level economy cars. In other words, the Genesis is all about value.
Coming standard with a 310hp V6, the Genesis also features an optional 375hp 4.6-liter V8.
This marks the first time Hyundai or any Korean automaker has won the AJAC Car of the Year award.
Korean car maker wins for the first time
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.
Official release after the jump: