The Hyundai Elantra was named the North American Car of the Year at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Fifty automotive journalists had three finalists to choose from: the Hyundai Elantra, the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Passat. Ultimately, the newly redesigned Elantra was chosen to receive top honors this year.

 

Journalists were also tasked with naming the 2012 North American Truck of the Year. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque bested the BMW X3 and Honda CR-V to take the top spot in the truck category.

 

The announcement of both the North American Car and Truck of the year are just two of the many announcements expected out of Detroit this week. The 2012 NAIAS is in full swing with automotive enthusiasts, automakers and the media descending upon the Motor City. Two MNN bloggers, Jim Motavalli and Jenn Savedge, are among the many journalists covering NAIAS news this week.

 

NAIAS 2012 kicked off today with the press preview; the industry preview begins on Wednesday followed by the charity preview on Friday. Finally, the event will open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 14 and will remain open until Jan. 22. Attendees can view the more than 500 vehicles that will be on display, including several national and international car debuts.

 

Debuts scheduled for this week include the world debut of the Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid, the Toyota Prius c, the 2013 Cadillac ATS, Ford's new plug-in Fusion Hybrid and the Lexus LF-LC 2+2 Hybrid Sport Coupe.

 

Stay tuned to MNN.com for more information about the 2012 North American International Auto Show.