Hyundai received the 2008 “Production Preview Vehicle of the Year” award for its Concept Genesis Coupe at the seventh annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards today.

This week at the Automotive Hall of Fame the South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO) rewarded the Hyundai Genesis Concept with the best preview vehicle of the year award. And we can't agree with them more.

Juror Kevin Kelly of Automotive Design & Production praised the 306 hp Korean concept car for its sporty, aggressive and modern features without trying to copy the American muscle car. Kelly said that “the Concept Genesis Coupe doesn’t try to be a muscle car in the vein of the American concept, it busts through those doors to create something that’s a combination of sport and a bit of luxury that will still appeal to those who want power.”

“Our design objective for the concept was to create a ‘Tuner’ version of the production car.” said Joel Piaskowski, chief designer, Hyundai Design, North American Design Center. Tuner features would include the carbon fiber hood, roof panels and lower valence panels.

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