Top Detroit auto awards go to Hyundai and Ram

The 2019 Genesis G70 the North American Car of the Year Nadine Fillion  Driving

The 2019 Genesis G70 the North American Car of the Year Nadine Fillion Driving

At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, automotive media from North America named the 2019 Genesis G70, 2019 Hyundai Kona, and 2019 Ram 1500 as the 2019 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year.

Winnowed down from more than 20 entrants, the finalists for the "car" portion of the honours were Genesis's new G70, Honda's Insight and Volvo's latest S60/V60 combination, Genesis getting the much-deserved nod for vehicle of the year.

Hyundai's Genesis brand racked up its first win after its G90 flagship made it to the finals in 2017.

The Hyundai Genesis G70 and Hyundai Kona took the auto and utility awards, respectively, surprising officials with the South Korean automaker.

Kamloops, B.C. -born Reid Bigland, CEO of FCA Canada, poses with the award for North American Truck of the Year next to the winning Ram 1500.

It was good news, and bad news for the local automakers. Truck finalists included the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500.

"It's always a case of it's not how much you spend, it's how much you make", he said. Eligible vehicles, chosen from dozens, must be new or substantially changed.

It's uncommon - but not unheard of - for an automaker or brand to nab more than one award in a given year in the contest, now in its 25th year.

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