DETROIT, MI, Jan. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The 2012 Hyundai Elantra took top
honors in the most exclusive automotive award in North America when it
was named 2012 North American Car of the Year today.
A jury of 50 independent North American automotive journalists,
including 5 Canadians, evaluated each of the new cars introduced last
year and chose the 2012 Hyundai Elantra as the winner. The award was
announced during a news conference at the 2012 North American
International Auto Show in Detroit, marking Hyundai's second win. The
Hyundai Genesis was named North American Car of the Year in 2009.
"This most prestigious of awards is a great illustration of why Elantra
was one of the best-selling cars in Canada last year," noted Steve
Kelleher, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "Given the
fierce competition in the compact segment, especially here in Canada,
we are honoured that the jury recognizes Elantra's far-reaching impact
on the industry."
The jurors considered more than 50 new vehicles before selecting the top
three cars and top three trucks. The Volkswagen Passat and Ford Focus
were the other car finalists. This is the 19th year of the awards, which were inspired by the prestigious European
"Car of the Year." The jury is administered by an organizing committee
and funded exclusively with dues paid by the jurors. Jurors judge the
cars on a number of factors including innovation, impact on the
industry, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value for
HYUNDAI "FLUIDIC SCULPTURE" DESIGN
Elantra exemplifies Hyundai's emotional "Fluidic Sculpture" design
principles. "Fluidic Sculpture" considers the interplay of wind with
rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion. Elantra is an
evolution of the design qualities found in Sonata.
Elantra's sides have the same flowing lines found on Sonata, paired with
a strong undercut feature line starting at the front door. These lines,
along with muscular wheel arches and a sleek roofline, create a
memorable and spacious package. The styling serves a purpose beyond
aesthetics, endowing the vehicle with a slippery shape. The drag
coefficient for the Elantra is an exceptionally low 0.28, comparing
favourably to the Chevrolet Volt's 0.29.
Hyundai's signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back
headlights give Elantra a compact, athletic face. The assertive stance
is complimented by 15-, 16-, or 17-inch wheels and athletic
proportions. Available fog lamps and side repeater mirrors complete the
distinctive design. Elantra was designed at Hyundai's North American
Design Center in Irvine, California and is built at Hyundai Motor
Manufacturing in Montgomery, Alabama.
4.9 L/100 KM - CLASS-LEADING STANDARD HIGHWAY FUEL ECONOMY
A long list of advanced technologies are utilized to help the 2012
Elantra deliver class-leading fuel economy without the need for an
expensive "eco" package:
Nu 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine (148 horsepower, 131 lb-ft of torque)
6-speed automatic and manual transmissions
Low rolling resistance silica tires
Weight reduction (28 kg vs. previous generation)
Improved coefficient of drag (0.28 vs. 0.32 for previous generation)
Elantra achieves fuel economy ratings of 6.8 L/100 km in the city and
4.9 L/100 km on the highway with the standard 6-speed manual. Opting
for the 6-speed automatic adds only 0.1 L/100 km to the vehicle's city
fuel consumption rating. Putting these figures into a different
context, Elantra has a highway range of nearly 1,000km.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM AND SALES SUCCESS IN 2011
The Elantra's North American Car of the Year award follows a string of
others, including being named Best New Small Car under $21,000 by the
Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). With this category
win, Elantra is also in contention to be named AJAC's 2012 Canadian Car
of the Year when the award is announced in February at the Canadian
International Auto Show.
The Elantra's critical acclaim was achieved in parallel with
unprecedented sales success. With sales of 44,970 units, the Elantra
nameplate played a key role in Hyundai's best-ever year in Canada. In
2011 Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. set a new all-time annual record with
total sales of 129,240 units, an increase of 9.1% relative to the
previous record set in 2010.
HYUNDAI AUTO CANADA CORP.
Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., 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
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