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Hyundai Santa Fe named 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year

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. 
For interviews or additional information, please contact: 
Oles Gadacz, Public Relations Director, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. Office: 
(905) 948-6819, Mobile: (416) 571-8273, Email:ogadacz@hyundaicanada.com 
Chad Heard, Public Relations Manager, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. Office: (905) 
948-6712, Mobile: (416) 559-9640, Email:cheard@hyundaicanada.com 
Patrick Danielson, Public Relations Specialist, Hyundai Auto Canada  Corp. 
Office: (905) 948-6876, Mobile: (416) 518-5852, 
Email:pdanielson@hyundaicanada.com 
Image with caption: "The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T was named 2013 Canadian 
Utility Vehicle of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of 
Canada (AJAC). (CNW Group/Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.)". Image available at:  
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SOURCE: Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. 
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CO: Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
ST: Ontario
NI: AUT ENT  
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