Hyundai Genesis wins top prize at Canadian auto show
By Design Engineering staffGeneral Automotive design Innovation transportation
Hyundai's rear-wheel drive Genesis sedan took top honours at the 2009 Canadian Car of the Year awards at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
The automaker’s first foray into the luxury segment won the top prize in a battle of Asian automakers against the redesigned Mazda6 and Toyota Corolla
“Winning the Canadian Car of the Year award with the Genesis is absolutely terrific news,” said Steve Kelleher, president and CE of Hyundai Auto Canada. “This award is testimony to the fact that Hyundai produces award-winning vehicles at all levels of the market, from the entry-level subcompact segment to the high-end luxury segment. Canadians can now buy a high-quality, luxurious vehicle with every feature they could want at an affordable price. And in today’s economic environment, that is smart.”
The vehicle submitted for testing was the V8 equipped model that lists for $42,995, including the technology package. The Genesis is the only model Hyundai manufactures with a V8 engine option.
In the Utility Vehicle of the Year category, the Canadian-built Ford Flex won over the Subaru Forester and Mercedes Benz M-Class.
Winners are chosen based on votes made by members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.