2012 Was Without a Doubt Hyundai’s Year

Over the last decade, Hyundai has grown to become one of the world’s leading automotive brands. But its success story isn’t of the overnight kind. The Korean automaker has made it its mission ‘to create exceptional automotive value for customers by harmoniously blending safety, quality and efficiency’. And in doing so it has slowly but surely earned a respected reputation for consistently giving customers the best possible value for their money. This year Hyundai has excelled in all its various ventures.

Hyundai Car of the Year and other Awards

Hyundai received numerous local and international brand and product awards during the course of 2012. Early this year the Hyundai Elantra clinched the North American Car of the Year title at the Detroit Auto Show. Soon thereafter the Elantra was also named South African Car of the Year for 2012, beating the competition with a landslide score awarded by the country’s top motoring journalists.

Hyundai also received international awards from top global publications. Its Hyundai Azera was named ’2012 Best Bet’ by Cars.com, while both the Hyundai Accent and Azera made it onto WardsAuto.com’s’10 Best Interiors’ list and the Accent onto its ’10 Best Engines’ list. The Hyundai Elantra in turn was named one of KBB.com‘s’10 Best Green Cars’ for the second consecutive year in recognition of top fuel efficiency. The Hyundai brand itself received the prestigious BrandLaureate’sBestBrand title in its automotive section for 2011-2012.

Kinsey Report results support Hyundai’s value promise

For over 20 years the annual Kinsey Report has kept the public and fleet operators informed by providing them with a complete vehicle parts price comparison for various auto brands. This year Hyundai again achieved excellent results in various vehicle categories:

· Auto Executives Category – Hyundai Sonata, 1st place

· Super Mini Category – Hyundai i20, 2nd place

· City Car Category – Hyundai i10, 3rd place

· Family Favourites – Hyundai Elantra, 3rd place

Hyundai concept vehicles – a glimpse into the future

Hyundai proved its innovative design talent at numerous international auto shows where it revealed a number of concept vehicles. Here are just a few that made headlines in the press:

· 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show – 3-door Veloster C3 Roll Top Convertible

· 2012 Geneva Motor Show – Electric Hyundai i-oniqSports Car Concept

· 2012 New Delhi Auto Show – 8-passenger Hexa Space Concept

Hyundai’s plans for 2013

According to CAR magazine, Hyundai SA has quite a few launches up its sleeve for the new year. First up will be the unveiling of the new generation Hyundai Santa Fe, followed shortly thereafter by the release of the much anticipated Hyundai Veloster. The Hyundai Sonata is also expected to receive a new 2.4L GDiengine and a facelift, while a facelifted Hyundai ix35 and micro car Hyundai Eon might make it to our shores by the end of 2013.