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Despite the renewed popularity of American-made cars in 2011, foreign automakers took home top honors at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
Hyundai captured Car of the Year honors for the second time since 2009 when its luxury Genesis won. For 2012, the Hyundai Elantra took the title, beating out the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Passat. “Sporty, yet sensible. Luxurious, yet affordable. Spunky, yet safe,” said Jayne O’Donnell of USA Today, one of the judges. The Elantra is a series of paradoxes, and every one is another argument for the latest impressive entry in the Hyundai lineup.”
In the SUV of the Year category, the Range Rover Evoque, which had also won Motor Trend’s 2012 SUV of the Year award, topped the competition in Detroit for its combination of performance and fuel efficiency. “Range Rover successfully charts a new direction for the venerable SUV trailblazer with a fresh design and advanced thinking about environmental issues,” said Fortune magazine’s Alex Taylor, one of the judges. The Evoque is made at Indian automaker Tata’s UK-based facility.
Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Evoque beat out Honda’s CR-V and BMW’s X3 SUVs.
Trying to design a striking, sexy and sophisticated vehicle is a daunting task, but trying to design an SUV that is striking, sexy and sophisticated is nearly impossible. Apparently the designers of the new Rang Rover Evoque were up to the task. With its “aggressive stance, big wheels, devilishly-raked windshield and daring roofline,” the Evoque drew more comments than any other contender according to Motor Trend.
Not only is the Evoque a striking vehicle, but inside there’s plenty of passenger and cargo space. Additionally, by using aluminum, composites, and other light-weight materials, the Evoque is 350 pounds lighter than the LR2 with which it shares a platform. Its lightness increases the Evoque’s ability for handling and road-holding. And the Evoque is great off-road as well, conquering Motor Trend’s off-road test with ease.
By inspiring driver confidence both on-road and off, the 2012 Range Rover Evoque easily earned Motor Trend’s Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year award!
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