Auto writers name Hyundai Genesis “Star” of Miami auto show
By Paul Borden

Star of the Show, Hyundai Genesis

    Calling the car a significant step forward for the company, the Southern Automotive Media Association awarded the 2009 Hyundai Genesis sedan its “Star of the Show” honors at the 38th annual South Florida International Auto Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center .

    “Hyundai is building a marvelous product that is a technologically fit vehicle for our times,” noted one member of the nine-judge panel. “It’s a sign of evolution for the
Hyundai brand.”

    Other finalists in the balloting for “Star of the Show” were the new Chevy Camaro and the Volkswagen CC.

    The nine-member judging panel also chose the Mercedes-Benz ML 320 Bluetec as the winner of its first “Green Vehicle of the Show” award, recognizing the car for its modernization of a long-time technology to meet today’s demands for more fuel-efficient power plants.

Green” Vehicle of the Show, Mercedes-Benz ML 320 Bluetec

    A third award, “Concept Vehicle of the Show,” went to the Jeep Trailhawk, which judges said was a fun vehicle that is understated yet futuristic in its design and presentation.

Concept Vehicle of the Show, Jeep Trailhawk

    The awards were presented at SAMA’s second annual auto show press day breakfast, which was sponsored this year by OnStar.

    Formed in March 2007, SAMA is an organization of automotive journalists, media organizations, corporate communications specialists, marketing and advertising representatives, and auto manufacturers working in South Florida ’s dynamic automotive industry. The association presented two awards at the auto show last year, choosing the 2008 Cadillac CTS as the “Star of the Show” and the Lincoln MKR as its “Concept Vehicle of the Show.” Recognizing the industry’s goal of producing more environmentally friendly and more fuel efficient vehicles, SAMA this year added a third award for the show’s top “Green Vehicle.”