DETROIT (WWJ) – Decisive magazine has announced “The 2012 Urban Vehicles of the Year” after their selection by an esteemed panel of independent automotive journalists.

The Urban Wheel Awards judging panel spent several months determining the most stylish, practical and attainable new vehicles for 2012 by driving and evaluating dozens of cars and trucks in a variety of North American urban settings before settling on the three winners.

The 2012 Urban Vehicles of the Year winners are:

  • Urban Car of the Year: Hyundai Veloster
    Runners-up: Chevrolet Sonic and MINI Coupe
  • Urban Truck of the Year: Range Rover Evoque
    Runners-up: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Mercedes-Benz M Class
  • Urban Green Vehicle of the Year: Toyota Prius Plug-in
    Runners-up: Infiniti M35h and Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The multicultural/multi-gender Urban Vehicles of the Year judging panel is composed of some of the most notable and respected automotive reviewers in the country. The panel includes: Camilo Alfaro of Auto Proyecto, freelance reviewer Mary Chapman, Arv Voss of Auto Impressions, and Frank Washington of

The Urban Vehicles of the Year will be honored at the 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards on Sunday, January 8, 2012, in the MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board Theater in Detroit.

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