Hyundai’s Avante compact named North American Car of the Year

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. said Tuesday its Avante compact has been named this year’s North American Car of the Year in the passenger car segment.

The Avante, the Genesis G80 sedan and the Nissan Sentra sedan advanced to the finalists for the 2021 North American Car of the Year, Utility of the Year and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

NACTOY chose the Avante over the two models due to its innovative design and advanced features, such as a digital key and high fuel efficiency, Hyundai said in a statement.

Hyundai sold more than 100,000 Avante models in the United States, the world’s most important automobile market, last year, it said.

Hyundai’s Genesis luxury sedan and Avante compact won the NACTOY awards in 2009 and 2012, respectively. For the year of 2019, Hyundai’s Genesis G70 sedan and Kona subcompact SUV won the awards.

Every year, the jurors vote on the finalists after spending months driving dozens of new vehicles. To be eligible, vehicles must be all-new or substantially new and available at dealerships before the end of the year, according to NACTOY.