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Ford, Hyundai, Nissan and Subaru named North America’s top picks

The top picks are in. Automotive journalists selected Hyundai Genesis as 2009 North American Car of the Year—the first time a Korean automake has been awarded the honor—while Ford’s F-150 pickup took 2009 North American Truck of the Year, its third time to be so named.

Designed to allow those who study all makes and models to choose the best new vehicles the industry offers, the North America awards are based on such factors as innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The 50 jurors, who also finance the awards, are automotive writers representing newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Web.

[singlepic id=14 w=160 h=120 float=left]Genesis narrowly prevailed against Ford Flex, Volkswagen Jetta TDI taking a near third. The Ford truck came in far ahead of Dodge Ram and left third-place Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC in the dust.

Motor Trend Magazine also chose its own 2009 winners. It gave the F-150 its second nod for truck of the year, along with additional top honors to Nissan GT-R and Subaru Forester for car and SUV of the year, respectively.

Fred Beans Family of Dealerships is proud to represent the manufacturers that make these winning models.