Hyundai Genesis Named 2009 Canadian Car of the Year

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - In an early morning press conference at the
opening of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, the Hyundai
Genesis was declared the 2009 Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) by the
Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
    The Hyundai Genesis beat eleven other "best new" category winners,
announced October 24, 2008 to win the top prize.
    "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."
    AJAC's Canadian Car of the Year Awards chair, Richard Russell, commented:
"AJAC has been conducting and perfecting the Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle
of the year program for more than two decades. By constantly adjusting the
program and testing procedures to reflect what is important to Canadian
consumers, we feel we have a more thorough, unbiased and meaningful award than
any other. It is heartening to learn from independent research that Canadians
recognize the significance of the award. We will continue to strive to live up
to that trust."
    AJAC's annual Canadian Car of the Year awards program was created in 1985
with the purpose of providing consumers with sound, comparative information on
vehicles that are new to the market.
    For that reason, the vote results that determined today's winners are
available to consumers as a resource buying guide on the AJAC web site. Also
available are the comparative test data derived from the journalists'
extensive five day evaluation of over 160 new vehicles in Niagara-on-the-Lake,
Ontario in October. This annual event is known in the industry as "TestFest".
Shell Canada is the official fuel supplier of the event.
    The rigorous TestFest evaluation program includes real world driving on
public roads - exactly where consumers drive so that the test and vote results
posted to the AJAC web site are directly relevant to potential car and truck
    Still looking to buy a 2008, 2007, or even a 2006 vehicle? AJAC archives
the comparative test data from previous years on its web site.
    Photos from today's award announcements, the October 24th category
winners, and the TestFest evaluation event, are available for print and
broadcast media under - Canadian Car of the Year - Photo Gallery - on the AJAC
web site.
    In addition, our AJAC journalists who evaluated the brand new models at
TestFest are available across Canada for interviews to talk about the vote
results and comparative data. Media are invited to visit the AJAC web site and
log-in under "Ask An Expert", then choose the "Media" link to access interview
information once validation has occurred.

    This press release was distributed by the CNW Group: AJAC's official
newswire service.

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