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Hyundai Genesis Wins 2009 North American Car Of The Year Award

 

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Coinciding with this week’s 2009 Detroit Auto Show is the 2009 North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards, and for this year’s event the 2009 Hyundai Genesis took out the car award, while the 2009 Ford F-150 was picked as the top truck. Runners up for the car award were the Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Ford Flex, while the F-150 beat out the redesigned Dodge Ram and Mercedes-Benz ML320 Bluetec in the truck category.

Some other important cars in this year’s award included the BMW 1-series with its available twin-turbo six-cylinder engine, Nissan's GT-R - also featuring a twin-turbo six, and the supercharged V8 CTS-V, though the more every-day vehicles like the Mazda6 or the Pontiac G8 were also among the most popular vehicles in the event.

A new complication for 2009 arose in classification: how to handle the crossovers. In fact, crossovers populate a fair portion of both the car and truck fields this year, with the Ford Flex and Toyota Venza in the car of the year (COTY) and the BMW X6, Infiniti FX35/50 and Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC among the many truck of the year (TOTY) crossovers. The only true pickup trucks on the TOTY list were the Dodge Ram and the venerable Ford F-150.

Last year's winners of the COTY and TOTY were the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2008 Mazda CX-9, respectively.

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  1. See, to me, a GT-R is a car no one will ever be able to obtain. The price will always be inflated to astronomical levels, and as such doesn't really interest me.
    That said, a new Corvette might be fun, seeing as how they are selling for invoice at the local dealer. Now if I only didn't need a back seat for my kid... :)
     
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  2. gus.. front seat with the passenger airbag disable option.

    and then you have to worry about your kid being a delinquent teen with a record of GTA and capital automotive mischief :P

    something's amiss here.... i thought i just read some where else that the GTR and ram picked up the awards.
     
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  3. Chris, the GTR and Ram picked up the awards in the COTY run by Road and Track. The Genesis won for the awards run by the actual Detroit show.
     
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  4. Pretty "Sad Day in Hell" when a car made in South Korea gets title of "North American Car of the Year". How the Hell is that North American. It has absolutely nothing to do with America, other than sucking money out of America and sending it back home to Korea where all the jobs are going. Well Done!!
     
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