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Hyundai Powers to Major Award Wins

The awards keep coming! See why Hyundai buyers are happiest and the new generation i30 SR has gone straight to the top of its class.

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Hyundai Powers to Major Award Wins

Hyundai has been voted the J.D. Power Australia top brand for customer sales satisfaction while the new i30 SR powers to three major awards – the Carsales Best Family Car Under $30,000, the 2017 Drive Best Small Car and the big one, the 2017 Drive Car of the Year!

Spring was filled with prestigious awards, with Hyundai claiming number one position in the latest J.D. Power Australia Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study and the new Hyundai i30 SR winning both the 2017 Drive Best Small Car and the coveted 2017 Drive Car of the Year, recognised as one of the industry’s most important awards. 

The new i30 SR also took out the award for Carsales Car of the Year Under $30,000 to top off an amazing list of list of achievements in 2017.

And when we weren’t winning awards, we were handing them out. Australian Lawson Puho (Wollongong City Hyundai) was recently crowned outright champion at the 12th Hyundai World Skill Olympics.

STUDY CONFIRMS HYUNDAI BUYERS ARE HAPPIEST

Hyundai has been voted number one in the latest J.D. Power Australia Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study, just one year after narrowly missing out on the top spot for the same award. The study saw Hyundai emerge victorious with an impressive 827 points, three points clear of its nearest rival and well ahead of the Mass Market class average.

Based on independent and unbiased responses from 2,779 Australian new vehicle owners who bought their cars between June 2016 and June 2017, the study was run from January through to June 2017. Hyundai’s 827 point Sales Satisfaction score – from a possible 1,000 points – was well above the Australian industry average. 

“At Hyundai we are delighted with winning the J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index this year after tying for a close second place last year. It is testament not only to our product but also to the Hyundai dealer staff behind this result,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Scott Grant.

In addition, Hyundai has made an impressive 24-point improvement on the J.D. Power 2017 Australia Customer Service Index (CSI) study, jumping from 5th right up to 2nd position for mass-market brands. Now on 831 points, Hyundai has closed the gap on the leader to just four points.

The study examines dealer performance and new-vehicle buyer satisfaction across the areas of service quality, vehicle pick-up, service adviser, service initiation and service facility. At Hyundai we are proud of this latest achievement and aim to continue this positive trend.

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NEW i30 SR CREATES ‘DRIVE CAR OF THE YEAR’ HISTORY

Hyundai’s new generation i30 SR has gone straight to the top of its class by convincingly taking out the hotly contested Best Small Car award in Drive’s prestigious 2017 Car of the Year awards. 

This outstanding achievement was only the beginning, with the new i30 SR also going on to claim outright victory in the major award, the 2017 Drive Car of the Year. In the process the new i30 SR drove its way into the record books, becoming the first Korean car to win Drive Car of the Year. 

The judges praised the new i30 SR’s hot hatch performance and value-for-money combination. “It raised the stakes in the small car class and definitely goes above and beyond all the others in its class – and those in other classes as well,” said Drive editor, Andrew Maclean.

After a solid week of testing against its peer group, Hyundai’s best-selling car came up trumps, showing off its refined dynamics, lively engine and new technology by beating the best from Europe and Japan.

The six-strong judging panel, comprising Drive’s editorial and road test team, put more than 50 cars through their paces at Wakefield Park Raceway to determine the class winners.

Judges used the raceway to compare handling, vehicle dynamics, ride quality and braking ability, before embarking on an extensive road drive programme to assess each car thoroughly in urban, rural and highway driving environments.

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AUSTRALIAN CROWNED CHAMPION AT HYUNDAI WORLD SKILL OLYMPICS

In October Hyundai Motor held its 12th Hyundai World Skill Olympics at its Technical Training Centre in Korea. Since 1995, Hyundai Motor has held the biennial Skill Olympics to test and celebrate the very best technical service experts from the company’s dealer networks around the world.

The latest chapter of the World Skill Olympic brought together 72 service personnel from 53 countries to test their technical skills and knowledge. The Olympic-style competition features a range of practical evaluations of engines, electrical devices, chassis and other components, as well as a written exam.

Australia was represented by two technicians; Lawson Puho from Wollongong City Hyundai and Taehoon Jung from Werribee Hyundai. Following a tough series of challenges, Lawson Puho was named as the leading Hyundai Motor service technician in the world, receiving the gold medal as the competition’s overall winner.

“It is a great honour to be recognised as one of the best Hyundai Motor service experts globally. The level of competition was so high and featured some highly skilled colleagues, so it was an immensely proud moment when I discovered I had won,” Mr. Puho said.

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