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Range Rover Evoque, Hyundai Elantra Win N.A. Car, Truck of the Year

by on Jan.09, 2012

The Hyundai Elantra and Range Rover Evoque have taken top honors in the heated battle for 2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year.

The awards, announced at the opening ceremonies of this year’s Detroit Auto Show, are being viewed by many as a sign of the dramatic changes sweeping through both the North American and global auto industry.

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The Elantra – Hyundai’s second product to win the North American Car of the Year honor in recent years – is a far cry from the maker’s traditional econobox, jurors clearly felt.  The Evoque, meanwhile, is the first-ever car-based crossover to come from Britain’s Land Rover, a brand better known for heavy, gas-guzzling truck-based SUVs.