The Hyundai Elantra and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque won the car and truck of the year awards at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
It was a big win for the Elantra, one of a series of new models the South Korean manufacturer has introduced in an effort to establish itself as a major automotive brand in the United States.
Hyundai has grown rapidly in recent years. It sold almost 650,000 vehicles last year, most made at factories in the United States. It now accounts for just over 5% of the U.S. auto market.
Produced at a factory in Montgomery, Ala., the subcompact sedan has become a strong competitor to the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla, the traditional sales leaders in the small-car market. Hyundai sold more than 186,000 Elantras in the model's first full year. That compared to 221,000 Civics and 240,000 Corollas, according to Autodata Corp.