Hyundai wins Canada's top automotive prize for second consecutive year
TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Automobile Journalists Association of
Canada (AJAC) today announced that the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T SUV has
been named 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year during a press
conference at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Over 70
of Canada's top automotive journalists chose the Santa Fe over its
primary rival, the Ford Escape. Following victories in 2009 with the
Genesis luxury sedan and 2012 with the Elantra compact sedan, Hyundai
has now won Canada's top car award on three separate occasions. The
Santa Fe's win marks the company's first Canadian Utility Vehicle of
the Year title.
"The Santa Fe perfectly encapsulates Hyundai's 'Modern Premium' approach
to automotive design. Like all Hyundai models, it offers eye-catching
style, advanced technologies, and the premium amenities that customers
want for an accessible price," said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO
of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "To succeed in the fiercely competitive
compact utility vehicle segment, a product has to exceed customers'
expectations. The Santa Fe does just this thanks to the most recent
evolution of our 'Fluidic Sculpture' design philosophy and packaging
our competitors simply can't match. I'm honoured that AJAC has
recognized the tireless efforts of our engineers and designers around
the world with Canada's most important automotive honour."
The third-generation Santa Fe is powered by a pair of four-cylinder GDI
engines, including a turbocharged 2.0-litre developing 264 horsepower
and 269 lb-ft of torque. Santa Fe's spacious cabin offers comfortable
seating for five passengers and unique premium features such as a
panoramic sunroof, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, an
Infinity® premium audio system, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear
seats, rear door blinds, and more. Santa Fe also includes Hyundai's
Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) system. The DSSM system offers
three driver-selectable operating modes (Comfort, Normal, and Sport) so
the vehicle's steering response can be adjusted at any time to suit
driver preferences and road conditions.
For customers requiring three-row seating, the Santa Fe XL has been
extended by 215 millimetres to provide space for up to seven
passengers. The Santa Fe XL will arrive in Hyundai dealerships this
spring. Propelled by a 290 horsepower 3.3-litre GDI V6, the Santa Fe XL
will be perfect for carrying the family and all their toys on the
weekend run to the cottage.
Santa Fe posted total sales of 23,394 units in 2012 following all-time
monthly sales records in November and December.
HYUNDAI AUTO CANADA CORP.
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 205 dealerships nationwide.
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SOURCE: Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
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