2013 AJAC Awards - Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0 T declared 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year

2013 AJAC Awards - Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0 T declared 2013 Canadian Utility 
Vehicle of the Year 
TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - In an early morning press conference at the 
opening of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, the Hyundai Santa 
Fe 2.0 T was declared the 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year by the 
Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). 
"The Santa Fe is one of our most important vehicles in this market. So, when 
Hyundai decided to redesign the vehicle, we really wanted to get it right," 
said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "The Santa 
Fe competes in Canada's growing crossover segment, so for it to win Canadian 
Utility of the Year is vindication for all the effort Hyundai designers and 
engineers invested into the project. The Santa Fe trades on the latest Hyundai 
hallmarks, including great styling, fuel efficiency, quality, value and 
safety. We couldn't be more proud of the award AJAC has honoured us with 
today." 
The Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0 T was also the winner of the "Best New SUV / CUV 
($35,000 - $60,000) class". Eleven "Best New" category winners were eligible 
to compete for the top honours of being either overall Canadian Car of the 
Year or Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. The category winners were 
announced last October during the association's annual vehicle evaluation 
event known as "TestFest." 
Eighty of Canada's top automotive journalists spent four intensive days in 
Niagara-on-the-Lake conducting back-to-back comparative testing of 180 "all 
new" or "significantly new" 2013 vehicles. This was no easy task. Their 
vote results were determined from more than 40,000 individual data points 
established in the testing program. And, before submitting their ballots, 
the AJAC journalists completed almost 2,000 individual road-tests during 
TestFest, comparing vehicles back-to-back on the same roads under the same 
conditions. These tests were conducted as part of AJAC'S mission to serve 
consumers by providing them with factual, objective information, versus just 
personal opinion. Shell Canada is the official fuel supplier of the event. 
The journalists' vote results were then compiled on-site by the international 
accounting firm KPMG and kept confidential even from AJAC until the winners' 
press conference today. 
Need to compare a Dodge Dart to a Nissan Sentra, or a Chevrolet Malibu Eco to 
the Ford Fusion or the Honda Accord? How about a BMW 3 Series to a Lexus ES 
350 or a Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG with a Porsche Boxster? Look no further 
than the AJAC website where all of this year's comparative data, and vote 
results, are posted: www.ajac.ca > Canadian Car of the Year Awards > 
Results. All 60 entries (180 vehicles) in the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year 
Awards program are listed. 
Still looking to buy a 2012, 2011, 2010, or even an older vehicle? AJAC 
archives the comparative test data and vote results from previous years on its 
website. Check it out: www.ajac.ca > Vehicle Comparisons 
This news release is brought to you by CNW Group: AJAC's official news wire 
service. 
For more information on the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year Awards you can  
either visit our AJAC website, call the AJAC office at 1.705.924.3444,  or 
send an email to:beth@ajac.ca. 
SOURCE: Automobile Journalists Association of Canada 
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