A distinguished, brilliant, charitable panel of 50 automotive journalists from various U.S. and Canadian media outlets, a group that includes Kelley Blue Book's executive editorial director -- and our boss -- Jack R. Nerad, has voted the Hyundai Genesis
and the redesigned Ford
the 2009 North American Car and Truck
of the Year. The Genesis is the first Korean vehicle to win the award, topping the Ford Flex
(yes, the three-row crossover) and Volkswagen Jetta
TDI, which received the 2009 Green Car of the Year award at the LA Auto Show. The F-150 out-paced the Dodge Ram
and diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz
ML320 BlueTEC. The awards, presented at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, recognize vehicles based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value.