published Monday, January 9th, 2012

Hyundai Elantra named car of the year over the Chattanooga-made VW Passat

VW representatives Tony Cervone, Jonathan Browning and Christian Klingler, from left, wait for the Car and Truck of the Year Awards announcement.
VW representatives Tony Cervone, Jonathan Browning and Christian Klingler, from left, wait for the Car and Truck of the Year Awards announcement.
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DETROIT -- The Chattanooga-made Passat lost out to the Hyundai Elantra as North American Car of the Year today.

The all-new Volkswagen Passat, designed for and built by Americans for the first time, competed against the Ford Focus and Elantra.

A jury of 50 full-time automotive journalists picked the car made by the South Korean company, and the announcement was made at the North American International Auto Show.

Last November, the Passat was chosen by Motor Trend magazine as its car of the year

See more coverage of the auto show in Tuesday's Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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