Compact sedan earns both Canadian and North American Car of the Year
TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Automobile Journalists Association of
Canada (AJAC) today announced that the Hyundai Elantra has earned the
title of "2012 Canadian Car of the Year" during a press conference at
the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The Elantra was
selected as the winner from a group of three finalists which also
included Hyundai's Accent subcompact.
"The all-new Elantra was simply the single most important new vehicle
that Hyundai has ever launched," said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO
of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "The Elantra competes in Canada's critical
compact segment, so for it to win Canadian Car of the Year is
vindication for all the effort Hyundai designers and engineers invested
into the project. We wanted to bring Canadians a new take on the
compact sedan; one with great style, quality, safety, and incredible
fuel efficiency. So, we couldn't be more proud that AJAC agreed it
should win Canada's highest automotive award."
Each year AJAC names the best new cars in eight categories following an
intensive one-week event known as "Test Fest." From these eight
winners, three finalists are selected before the highest-rated vehicle
is chosen as the overall "Canadian Car of the Year." Last October, the
Accent, Elantra, and Veloster were named Best New Small Car under
$21,000, Best New Small Car over $21,000, and Best New
Sports/Performance Car under $50,000, respectively. With three wins,
Hyundai took home more AJAC Canadian Car of the Year category awards
than any other manufacturer.
The announcement of Elantra's Canadian Car of the Year victory comes
just over one month after the car was named the 2012 North American Car
of the Year during the North American International Auto Show in
Detroit. As the Genesis luxury sedan earned both titles in 2009, this
marks the second time in four years that a Hyundai vehicle has won both
Since its introduction, the all-new Elantra has helped redefine what
consumers expect in a compact sedan. Featuring Hyundai's signature
"Fluidic Sculpture" design inside and out, Elantra has established
itself as a style leader in the segment. What's more, in keeping with
Hyundai's "Modern Premium" philosophy, Elantra makes high-end features
like heated rear seats and a touch-screen navigation system with
rear-view camera available at an accessible price. A full complement of
safety features including four-wheel disc brakes, six airbags, and a
myriad of active safety systems are included as standard equipment.
Elantra is powered by a 148 horsepower 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine
paired to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Working in
conjunction with the highly-aerodynamic exterior styling, this
efficient powertrain helps Elantra achieve its class-leading standard
highway fuel economy rating of 4.9 L/100 km without the need for an
expensive "Eco" package. With a starting manufacturer's suggested
retail price of $15,849, Elantra offers unmatched value in the compact
With sales of 44,930 units, the Elantra was the second best-selling
passenger car in Canada during 2011. Further bolstering the nameplate's
appeal, Hyundai Canada announced today at the Canadian International
Auto Show that a two-door Elantra Coupe and five-door Elantra GT
hatchback will join the line-up this summer.
Hyundai Auto Canada, established in 1983 and headquartered in Markham,
Ontario, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai
vehicles are distributed throughout Canada by Hyundai Auto Canada and
are sold and serviced through more than 200 dealerships nationwide.
SOURCE Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
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