DETROIT — The Genesis G70 won the 2019 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show, while the Ram 1500 took truck honors and the Hyundai Kona was named top utility vehicle of the year.
This year's winners were selected by a jury of about 60 American and Canadian automotive journalists — including Automotive News reporter Richard Truett and Senior Editor Sharon Silke Carty— from a group of three finalists in each category. A vehicle must have been redesigned or significantly changed to be eligible for the award.
The Genesis G70 beat the Honda Insight and Volvo S60. This is the second win in the car category for Hyundai Motor Group, which won with the Hyundai Genesis in 2009. In 2017, its G90 was a finalist but lost to the Chevrolet Bolt.
The Ram 1500 surpassed the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500. Only three vehicles were eligible for the truck segment, so by default, all three became finalists. Even though the Silverado, Sierra and Ram were all redesigned this year, the media lavishly praised the Ram for its interior. The Ram has not earned the finalist status since 2013, when the model took home the truck category win.
The Hyundai Kona took utility vehicle of the year, beating out the Acura RDX and Jaguar I-Pace. This is the fourth year of the utility category — previously crossovers, SUVs and minivans competed in the truck category. It's also the first time two electric vehicles — the Jaguar I-Pace and Hyundai Kona — competed in the mix.