2009 Hyundai Genesis named Canadian Car of the Year


    MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The 2009 Hyundai Genesis was today named
Canadian Car of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
(AJAC) at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. This marks the
first time a Korean manufacturer has won the prestigious Canadian award.
    To win Canadian Car of the Year honours, the Hyundai Genesis was first
named Best New Luxury Vehicle Under $50,000 by AJAC, defeating several other
well-known luxury brands to win its category and become eligible for the
overall Car of the Year award. In rigorous testing, the Genesis surpassed
competitors such as the Audi A3, Acura TL and Infiniti G37X when areas such as
engine refinement, ride comfort, exterior styling, visibility, roominess and
comfort were evaluated.
    "Winning the Canadian Car of the Year award with the Genesis is
absolutely terrific news," said Steve Kelleher, president and CEO, Hyundai
Auto Canada Corp. "This award is testimony to the fact that Hyundai produces
award-winning vehicles at all levels of the market, from the entry-level
subcompact segment to the high-end luxury segment. Canadians can now buy a
high-quality, luxurious vehicle with every feature they could want at an
affordable price. And in today's economic environment, that is smart."
    Hyundai's Genesis has received many accolades since its arrival in the
marketplace. Among its accomplishments, the Genesis has also been recognized
as North American Car of the Year, and its all-new 4.6-litre Tau V8 engine was
named one of "Ward's 10 Best Engines" for 2009 by Ward's Auto World, marking
the first time a Hyundai engine has appeared on the prestigious "Ward's 10
Best Engines" list.

    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 170 dealerships nationwide.

For further information:

For further information: or interviews: Barb Pitblado, Manager, Public
Relations, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., Office: (905) 948-6712, Cell: (416)
559-9640, Email: bpitblado@hyundaicanada.com, www.hyundainews.ca

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