3 major categories in the bag

Hyundai has won three major categories in this year’s prestigious Australia’s Best Cars awards.

Hyundai’s Accent Active is Australia’s Best Light Car, i30 Series II Active petrol is Australia’s Best Small Car under $35,000 ($F55,520.75) and the groundbreaking and luxurious Genesis is Australia’s Best Large Car under $70,000 ($F111,041).

Hyundai AWD SUV models also featured prominently in this year’s Australia’s Best Cars awards. All-new Tucson Elite and Santa Fe Series II Highlander CRDi were Top three contenders in the two biggest AWD SUV categories (under $50k ($F79,286) and $50k $65k ($F103,073) classes, respectively).

Hyundai’s award-winning models and contenders were applauded for their impressive achievements measured against the Australia’s Best Cars awards three major criteria: value for money, design and function, and on-the-road performance.

Important criteria sub-categories in which Hyundai’s models scored highly included: warranty, cost of depreciation, running and repair costs, fuel consumption, insurance costs, standard features, safety ratings, build and finish quality, together with ride, handling, braking, smoothness and quietness.

“We’re extremely proud that our cars have again starred in Australia’s largest new-car assessment and awards program,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia chief executive officer, Charlie Kim said.

“Australia’s Best Cars awards are important to us — and especially important to our customers — because they embrace real-world car ownership values.

“I believe Hyundai’s proud record in these important awards — including our strong results in this year’s Australia’s Best Cars awards — sends a clear message to car buyers about the impeccable real-world credentials of our cars,” Mr Kim said.

Australia’s largest new-car assessment and awards program, Australia’s Best Cars awards determines winners in 15 classes after rigorous testing by judges representing Australia’s 7.4 million auto club members.

This year’s recognition of Accent, i30 and Genesis bring Hyundai’s number of wins in the Australia’s Best Cars awards’ 17-year history to an impressive 21. This year’s win by i30 brings the ever-evolving model’s Australia’s Best Cars awards tally to six, including successive wins in 2008, ’09, and ’10 (also 2013 and now, with i30 Series II, 2015).

Hyundai’s i30 also is a consistent Australian market top-three seller and was Australia’s best-selling vehicle overall in June and September last year.

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