Roadshow Shift Awards

The 2019 North American International Auto Show marks the fourth year Roadshow honors the best in the industry.

Roadshow Shift Winners

Vehicle of the Year: 2019 Genesis G70

The G70 is the first all-new car from Hyundai's luxury offshoot, and this automaker hit the ground running. The G80 and G90 may have beaten it to market, but this smart sport sedan is a stunner. Its turbocharged engines and impressive handling will keep drivers more than content, while its infotainment system packs plenty of features and lays them out sensibly. It's a top-tier sport sedan at a palatable price.

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Disruptor of the Year: Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla

This award is all about pushing the industry forward and leaving a lasting impact on the future of the automotive industry. Elon Musk fits that bill to a T. After smoothing out its production process, Tesla once again proved profitable. The Model 3 quickly launched itself to prominence in an already busy segment, and buyers themselves could feel the effects of those launches thanks to its wild Performance variant. Hell, he even made tunnels interesting.

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Safety Tech of the Year: Audi Driver Assistance, A6/A7/A8/Q8

Lidar may be a common noun in autonomous vehicle development, but Audi brought it to production cars first. Audi's latest cars include an incredible amount of sensors, including an industry-first lidar application, capable of granting the vehicle Level 3 autonomy in supported markets. Making sense of all that incoming data is the zFAS controller, which features a bespoke chipset developed with Nvidia and contains the redundancy capable of higher levels of automated driving.

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Driveline Tech of the Year: Nissan/Infiniti VC-Turbo, Altima/QX50

Engines usually have a fixed compression ratio, but Nissan and Infiniti turned that idea on its head with the VC-Turbo engine. VC stands for variable compression -- the engine is capable of changing its piston stroke on the fly through a series of crankshaft linkages. This allows it to err towards fuel thrift or performance as the driver requires. It's a clever bit of tech that gives the internal combustion engine an interesting new edge.

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Cabin Tech of the Year: Audi MMI Touch Response, A6/A7/A8/Q8

Audi's latest infotainment system is one of the best we've ever used, and it's the best two-screen setup we've ever used. The system's main 10.1-inch touchscreen handles traditional duties, while climate controls are split off to the 8.6-inch screen below, which doubles as a large touchpad for handwriting recognition. The graphics are impressive, but the layout is simple enough to minimize distraction. Its powerful processors result in a fast startup and even faster responsiveness. And yes, it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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