Hyundai has won three major categories in this year’s 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

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 CarPlayTM 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 CarPlayTM 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 tyres
  • Smart 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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