On last weeks show, I named the Hyundai Elantra the 2011 CAR NEWSIE CAR OF THE YEAR. It was also just named NORTH AMERICAN CAR OF THE YEAR! (http://www.northamericancaroftheyear.org/) This is the second win for Hyundai in the past 2 years! (2009 winner was the car I drive, the Hyundai Genesis!)

Now for full disclosure, while the Elantra WAS announced as one of the final three contestants, I honestly had no idea. I picked it because I think it is a game changing car for Hyundai. The car they can't keep on the lot, and the car that is going to keep any owner VERY happy.

The voting for the North American Car of the Year is done by 50 journalists from just about every top car publication and websites. The CAR NEWSIE AWARD was picked from a jury of ME!