TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - In an early morning press conference at
the opening of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, the
Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0 T was declared the 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle
of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
"The Santa Fe is one of our most important vehicles in this market. So,
when Hyundai decided to redesign the vehicle, we really wanted to get
it right," said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "The Santa Fe competes in Canada's growing crossover segment, so for
it to win Canadian Utility of the Year is vindication for all the
effort Hyundai designers and engineers invested into the project. The
Santa Fe trades on the latest Hyundai hallmarks, including great
styling, fuel efficiency, quality, value and safety. We couldn't be
more proud of the award AJAC has honoured us with today."
The Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0 T was also the winner of the "Best New SUV /
CUV ($35,000 - $60,000) class". Eleven "Best New" category winners
were eligible to compete for the top honours of being either overall
Canadian Car of the Year or Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. The
category winners were announced last October during the association's
annual vehicle evaluation event known as "TestFest."
Eighty of Canada's top automotive journalists spent four intensive days
in Niagara-on-the-Lake conducting back-to-back comparative testing of
180 "all new" or "significantly new" 2013 vehicles. This was no easy
task. Their vote results were determined from more than 40,000
individual data points established in the testing program. And, before
submitting their ballots, the AJAC journalists completed almost 2,000 individual road-tests during
TestFest, comparing vehicles back-to-back on the same roads under the same
conditions. These tests were conducted as part of AJAC'S mission to
serve consumers by providing them with factual, objective information,
versus just personal opinion. Shell Canada is the official fuel
supplier of the event.
The journalists' vote results were then compiled on-site by the
international accounting firm KPMG and kept confidential even from AJAC
until the winners' press conference today.
Need to compare a Dodge Dart to a Nissan Sentra, or a Chevrolet Malibu
Eco to the Ford Fusion or the Honda Accord? How about a BMW 3 Series
to a Lexus ES 350 or a Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG with a Porsche
Boxster? Look no further than the AJAC website where all of this
year's comparative data, and vote results, are posted: www.ajac.ca > Canadian Car of the Year Awards > Results. All 60 entries (180
vehicles) in the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year Awards program are
Still looking to buy a 2012, 2011, 2010, or even an older vehicle? AJAC
archives the comparative test data and vote results from previous years
on its website. Check it out: www.ajac.ca > Vehicle Comparisons
This news release is brought to you by CNW Group: AJAC's official news
SOURCE: Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
For further information:
For more information on the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year Awards you can either visit our AJAC website, call the AJAC office at 1.705.924.3444, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.