Hyundai scoops prestigious Australia's Best Cars awards

Accent Active is Australia's Best Light Car
i30 Series II Active is Australia's Best Small Car under $35k
Luxurious Genesis is Australia's Best Large Car under $70k
Hyundai claims its 21st class win in 17 year Australia's Best Cars awards history
i30 claims its sixth Australia's Best Cars awards class win
Podium finishes for All-new Tucson and Santa Fe Series II
11 ABC judges represent Australia's 7.4 million auto club members

 The ground-breaking and luxurious Genesis is Australia

25th February 2016 - 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 and the ground-breaking and luxurious Genesis is Australia's Best Large Car under $70,000.

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 3 contenders in the two biggest AWD SUV categories (under $50k and $50k $65k 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.

During 2015, judges from Australia's seven State and Territory-based motoring organisations evaluated more than 180 models available nationwide, not just the year's new-car releases.

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-3 seller and was Australia's best-selling vehicle overall in June and September last year. The i30 Series II ActiveX with six-speed automatic also has topped the NRMA's comprehensive Running Cost Calculator as Australia's most cost-effective best-seller for experienced and P-plate drivers alike.

In another significant milestone for i30, the advanced Apple CarPlay smartphone support technology became standard on i30 Series II Active and ActiveX early this year, with retro-fitment available free-of-charge to existing i30 Series II owners via an easy software upgrade.

2015 AUSTRALIA'S BEST CARS AWARD WINNERS' KEY SPECIFICATIONS

ACCENT ACTIVE
* 6 airbags: driver & front passenger; driver & front passenger side (thorax); and, full-length curtains
* Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including: Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
* 5-inch touchscreen audio system with CD player, MP3 capability, 6 speakers, media ripping/storage
AUX/USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility
Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone and audio streaming)
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Front and rear power windows (driver's one-touch auto up/down)
Height-adjustable driver's seat
One-touch turn signal operation (3 flashes) Trip computer

i30 SERIES II ACTIVE
* 7 airbags - driver & front passenger, driver & front passenger side (thorax), full-length curtains, driver's knee
* Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including: Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD),
Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
Rear parking assist system (4 sensors)
Rear-view camera
Keyless entry with burglar alarm
* 7.0" touch screen audio system with MP3 capability, 6 speakers & Apple CarPlay compatibility
* AUX / USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility. Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone & audio streaming)
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
Front & rear power windows
Height-adjustable driver's seat
One-touch turn signal operation (3, 5, or 7 flashes)
One-touch window-down on driver's window
Tilt & telescopic steering column
Trip computer
Manual air-conditioning with rear heating ducts
60:40 split-folding rear seats

GENESIS
* 9 airbags: driver & front passenger, driver knee, driver & front passenger side (thorax), rear passenger side (thorax), full-length curtains
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
Smart High Beam
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Pre Safety System including front seatbelt pretensioners
* Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) incorporating Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS)
* Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Traction Control System (TCS)
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
Tyre-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
* High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with washer system and auto-levelling
Static Bending Lights
LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
Rear-view camera with parking guide
* Parking Assist System (PAS) with guidance (4 sensors front and 4 sensors rear)
Seatbelt reminder (all seats)
Leather Appointed interior
Premium steering wheel and gearknob
9.2-inch Satellite Navigation system
Lexicon 17-speaker premium audio system
Proximity Smart Key with push-button start
Dual-zone climate control with auto defog function
12-way Power driver's and passenger seat
Heated front seats
Electronic Park Brake (EPB)
18-inch alloy wheels & 245/45 R18 Hankook tyresSmart Boot function (hands-free power-open function)
Rain-sensing wipers
Rear power blind
4.2-inch LCD Supervision cluster
Electro-Chromatic Mirror (ECM) with auto-dimming interior mirror
Electric folding side mirrors
* Puddle lights (Genesis logo illumination) in side mirrors with courtesy lights in door handles
* One-touch window up and down function on all windows incorporating anti-pinching safety feature
Interior mood lights
One-touch turn signal (3,5 & 7 flashes)
Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
Solar control glass
Dual-zone climate control with auto defog function

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