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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