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

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

January 9th, 2012 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

VW representatives Tony Cervone, Jonathan Browning and Christian Klingler, from left, wait for the Car and Truck of the Year Awards announcement.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

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.