DETROIT ( TheStreet) -- Hyundai and sister company Kia didn't take Car of the Year honors at this year's North American International Auto Show, but it wasn't for lack of trying.Hyundai came to Detroit with a Sonata midsize sedan whose sales volume increased 113% last year, a new version of the Elantra compact that saw a corresponding 127% overall sales jump and a Genesis full-size that increased sales 30% -- and a $60,000 Equus luxury vehicle, which hit showrooms last month, that stared down Mercedes-Benz and Audi from its position in the Hyundai booth. Even Kia strutted a bit, as the economy automaker's Sportage took home Road & Travel Magazine's International Truck of the year honors. Though the Sonata finished behind GM's Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid for Car of the Year honors, Hyundai/Kia made it quite clear that their value remains even though the Excel compact econoboxes of its infancy are in the rear view.
|Hyundai used this week's Detroit Auto Show as a chance to show off -- among other things -- its $60,000 Equus luxury vehicle, which hit showrooms last month.|
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