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Hyundai Elantra: 'Behind the Wheel' Car of the Year

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SYDNEY – Nov 22, 2012: Automotive website ‘Behind the Wheel’ awarded Hyundai Elantra the title of 2012 Car of the Year, ahead of a field which included prestige European and popular Japanese competitors.

The win saw the Hyundai Elantra beat two sibling Hyundai models, Veloster SR Turbo and iMax people mover, part of a strong field of ten finalists including the BMW M5 and 535d, Volvo C60 D3, Toyota Landcruiser GXL, Toyota Yaris, Chrysler 300C and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

While there’s an array of quality vehicles available in 2012, no other model offers the same value for money as the Elantra. This is a car that Hyundai has got just right, with great fuel economy, good looks, a quality feel and a sensational price tag,” said Behind the Wheel's Paul Maric.

The Hyundai Elantra perfectly demonstrates the brand’s commitment to delivering New Thinking. New Possibilities.” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia General Manager Public Relations, Bill Thomas. “It’s a testament to the strength of the brand when Hyundai can capture three of the top ten finalist positions in such a strong field. We are delighted with the award.”

Offering a winning combination of stylish design, advanced safety technology and a plethora of comfort and convenience features, the Elantra delivers an exceptional value package. Achieving the maximum 5 star ANCAP rating across the range, standard safety equipment includes six airbags, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Electronic Stability Control incorporating Traction Control System, and Hyundai’s Vehicle Stability Management system.

The Elantra is powered by the 1.8-litre ‘Nu’ DCVVT engine, available with either six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with electronic sequential manual mode transmission, which delivers fuel economy from as little as 6.6L/100km.

The Hyundai Elantra is backed by Hyundai iCare, Australia’s best customer care programme, which includes; 5-year Unlimited Kilometre Warranty, 3-years Capped Price Service, 12-months free roadside assist, 3-years FREE NAVTEQ™ MapCare™ plan, 24/7 Customer Care Centre, and more.