THAT Hyundai had once again scooped the field in the Australia Best Car Awards came as no surprise to dealer principal Darryl McGannon at Edney’s Leongatha.
“It wasn’t a surprise, no, it speaks for itself,” Darryl said.
“The entire Hyundai range is very good, and it was good to see three standout cars in the range – i30, Accent and Genesis be recognised.”
The i30 has been a previous winner for Hyundai – it is also the biggest seller at Edney’s Hyundai.
Darryl said the i30’s popularity in South Gippsland was from drivers downsizing from larger cars, but still looking for a comfortable ride.
The Accent’s popularity, Darryl said, comes from its “bang for buck”.
“The Accent has taken over the i20 range and it is a spacious car for the small car segment – you really do get bang for your buck with the Accent.”
The Australia Best Car awards are presented by motoring clubs representing more than seven million motorists.
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 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.
The 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
• 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 CEO 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.
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, 2009, and 2010, 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.