The Inter-American Federation of Automotive Journalists, or Federación Interamericana de Periodistas del Automóvil (FIPA), today announced its annual Car of the Americas and SUV of the Americas awards at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
The 2013 Car of the Americas is the Hyundai Elantra GT, a 5-door hatchback based on Europe’s Hyundai i30 model. Though the Elantra GT carries the same Fluidic Sculpture design elements as the Elantra Coupe and Elantra Sedan, the GT actually rides on a shorter wheelbase and is equipped with a different interior when compared to the coupe and sedan models, making it a different car wearing the same name as its adopted siblings.
The Elantra GT is equipped with a 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and a choice between a manual and an automatic transmission. Buyers choose color, one of three option packages, and any dealer accessories. Load the Elantra GT with everything – a panoramic sunroof, leather, automatic climate control, passive entry with push-button ignition, a navigation system, a reversing camera, and everything the dealer can throw at it – and you’re rolling off the showroom floor for $26,495.