SERIOUS MONDAY: HYUNDAI WINS CARSGUIDE CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD

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The HyundaI diesel-powered i30 won the 2007 CARSguide Car of the Year Award in Australia.  It was also voted CARSguide Green Car of the Year for its turbodiesel’s frugal and eco-friendly performance.  The judging panel praised its style, handling, and performance features.

Underscoring i30 CRDi’s eco-ability was its win last month in the Panasonic Solar Challenge Greenfleet category.

This is the first time a Korean-made car has won a national car of the year award in Australia.  Finishing second was VW’s Golf GT TSI “twin charger”.

Finalists were scored in a variety of situations.  The cars were driven in a range of environments and road conditions including city, freeway, highway, and country towns to evaluate them in critical driving situations.

Steering, handling, braking and acceleration were also rigorously evaluated.  The finalists were also “put through the paces” at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park race circuit for judges to assess grip thresholds, tire balance, chassis performance and suspension.

The winning i30 CRDi SX featured HyundaI’s Protectz pack option that is comprised of electronic stability control plus side and curtain airbags.

Kevin McCann, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hyundai Australia said, “we’re extremely proud the i30 has received these two esteemed awards.  With several classes –leading innovations and our traditional outstanding value, we had no doubt that the i30 would succeed in giving all its competitors-including hybrids- a run for their money.”

The i30 CRDi won by receiving 94 points out of a possible 99.  There were 10 criteria the judges used before ranking the vehicles 1 to 11.

“The new i30 is a reflection of Hyundai’s world-class design capabilities with its inspired European styling, innovative iPod/USB compatible audio and outstanding frugal turbo-diesel engine.  The i30 offers a suite of intelligent safety features and Australian optimized suspension and steering together with the class leading quality and reliability for which Hyundai is increasingly recognized,” said Mr. McCann.

The judges were nine motoring editors and senior motoring writers from The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), The Herald-Sun (Melbourne), The Courier Mail (Brisbane), The Adelaide Advertiser, Hobart Mercury and Perth Sunday Times.

The Daily Telegraph motoring editor, Kevin Hepworth said, “Quite simply, it (the i30) impressed more of the judges in more areas than any other car at the finals.”

Dawn

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