TORONTO, Ontario (December 2, 2014) – The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced today that the all-new 2015 Sonata and 2015 Genesis have been named Best New Family Car (over $30,000) and Best New Luxury Car (over $50,000), respectively.
These particular nameplates have won a category award twice in AJAC’s history, and continue Hyundai’s recent winning ways in the competition. Since 2011, the Tucson, Accent, Elantra, Veloster, Elantra GT, Santa Fe Sport, and now the Sonata and Genesis have each received honours. As category winners, Sonata and Genesis both accede to the final list of contenders for the 2015 Canadian Car of the Year title that will be announced February 12, 2015.
“Genesis and Sonata represent the direction that Hyundai is taking for the future,” said Don Romano, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. “Both models showcase our new, more refined and sophisticated design, advanced engineering, rewarding driving dynamics, and cutting-edge safety equipment, which is truly representative of what’s to come from us. We’re focused on elevating the complete Hyundai experience and our products are at the forefront of this evolution.”
Sonata and Genesis were among more than 45 vehicles tested by 73 experienced automotive journalists during a week-long event known as “Test Fest.” Each model was put to the test in a variety of environments, and comprehensively evaluated in 21 different areas to determine which vehicle is the best new offering in its category. Vehicles were driven back-to-back with the strongest new competitors in the industry so that the results have relevance to the consumers.
“Competitions like this one are fantastic opportunities to put Hyundai products to the test against the best names in the industry,” added Romano. “Consumers today are presented with so many good automotive options that it’s great to see Hyundai products perform so well in such a competitive environment.”