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Canadian Car of the Year announced

In an early morning press conference at the opening of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, the Hyundai Elantra was declared the 2012 Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).

The Elantra was up against the Hyundai Accent and the Kia Optima. All three were among many vehicles put through a series of tests by 70 Canadian automotive journalists in the last week of October, 2011.

The win comes just over a month after the car was named the 2012 North American car of the year during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where it edged out the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat.

"The all-new Elantra was simply the single most important new vehicle that Hyundai has ever launched," said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "The Elantra competes in Canada's critical compact segment, so for it to win Canadian Car of the Year is vindication for all the effort Hyundai designers and engineers invested into the project. We wanted to bring Canadians a new take on the compact sedan; one with great style, quality, safety and incredible fuel efficiency. So, we couldn't be more proud that AJAC agreed it should win Canada's highest automotive award."

[Source: AJAC]

Reader Comments (5)

Great job for Elantra! You proved how competitive your car in the automotive market. Its competitors also did a great job, it just happened that Elantra has a good edge that consumer as satisfied.
Jul 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterused cars Tewkesbury
North American Auto show is one of the most popular Auto show and several Automotive brands are always participated in these Auto show to make good advertisements. Canadian car of the year is a very nice achievement for any car maker. Hyundai finally grabbed the crown and that was possible for its model Hyundai Elantra. The car looks outstanding from its view.
Nov 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTimothy
I always wonder why this car maker isn't getting the kind of attention which it deserves. It's model have always been fairly priced and are always something to look forward to. But the kind of attention that other car makers like BMW' Audi and others are getting isn't being in there luck.
Apr 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarks
Auto show is one of the best show to feature all the brands under one floor. All brand makers are invited and they show case the features of each specified brand. This helps the customers to choose the best one for them. Hyundai is the car which manufactures the car for common people. Any common people can easily afford. It is not like Audi, BMW but it manufactures the dream car for the common people.
May 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTravis Katie
Auto show is one of the famous show of car. In this almost all brand cars participate and present their best featured model. Among them one is selected which is best among all and is awarded. Hyundai is one of the best company which manufactures the best quality cars for common people at a fair price. Since the price of is very less, common people can easily purchase the car.
Jun 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle

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