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Old 25th February 2008, 17:31   #1
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Default Hyundai i30 Car of the year in Spain

Hyundai Motor Company’s i30 was chosen as Spain’s “Car of the Year 2008,” the first time for an Asian carmaker, proving once again that the Korean marque, the world’s sixth-largest automobile company, has made great advances in technology, design and safety. The award follows the i30’s outstanding recognition in Australia, where it was voted as both “2007 Car of the Year and 2007 Green Car of the Year.”
Hyundai2s i30 received the award on Feb. 14 in Madrid, which was organized by the Spanish newspaper ABC. The i30 gained a total of 220 points, leaving the competition far behind. The Fiat 500, which placed second, scored 52 points, while the Ford Mondeo came in third with 36 points. This is the first time a brand won the award by gaining such a big advantage over its competitors.
The award ceremony was presided by Spain’s Minister of Industry, D. Joan Clos and by the President of the Community of Madrid, Mrs. Esperanza Aguirre. The prize was received by the President of Hyundai Motor Europe, Mr. Kun Hee Ahn. The ceremony was attended by the top executives of Vocento Group as well as the Berge Group, headed by its President, Mr. Jaime Gorbena. The representatives of most of the car brands, as well as the specialized automotive media, were also present.
The i30 was judged by a jury composing of 52 journalists from a wide variety of Spanish media, including newspaper, specialized magazines, television, radio and news agencies. The jury based their points on exterior and interior design, reliability, performance, safety and market segment volume.
The journalists recognized that the i30 leads Hyundai Motor into the front ranks of the industry and that itĄŻs a vehicle that confidently meets the standards of a market as demanding as the European market. Expectations for the i30 are high not only in the Spanish market, but in Europe overall, which makes us very optimistic that future models developed by Hyundai will not only equal, but excel, the award-winning i30.
All the models taking part in this award, the most prestigious in SpainĄŻs automotive industry, were launched in 2007. A lot of very important vehicles were introduced to the Spanish market last year, such as the Ford Mondeo, Renault Laguna, Toyota Auris, Peugeot 308, Fiat 500 and many others. Thus, Hyundai is proud to have triumphed in such an important year.


The “Car of the Year” awards began in 1973. The 2008 awards was the 36th to take place. This is the first time that an Asian Brand has won the Ą°Car of the YearĄą in Spain, a prize almost always reserved for the European brands (Renault, Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat).

The results of the 2008 awards:
• Hyundai i30: 220 points • Fiat 500: 52 points • Ford Mondeo: 36 points

Previous winners of the “Car of the Year” in Spain:
- 2008: Hyundai i30 - 1990: Ford Fiesta - 2007: Peugeot 207 - 1989: Renault 19 - 2006: Peugeot 1007 - 1988: Citroen AX - 2005: Peugeot 407 - 1987: Renault 21 - 2004: Citroen C2 - 1986: Seat Malaga - 2003: Citroen C3 - 1985: Peugeot 205 - 2002: Peugeot 307 - 1984: Citroen BX - 2001: Chrysler PT Cruiser - 1983: Renault 9 - 2000: Fiat Punto - 1982: Ford Escort - 1999: Peugeot 206 - 1981: Talbot Horizon - 1998: Alfa 156 - 1980: Seat Ritmo - 1997: Renault Megane - 1979: Renault 18 - 1996: Fiat Bravo - 1978: Chrysler 150 - 1995: Renault Laguna - 1977: Citroen CX - 1994: Renault Twingo y Citroen Xantia - 1976: Seat 131 - 1993: Fiat Cincuecento - 1975: Simca 1200 - 1992: Citroen ZX - 1974: Citroen GS - 1991: Renault Clio - 1973: Renault 5

i30 in Australia
The Hyundai i30 won both the 2007 Car of the Year and 2007 Green Car of the Year in Australia.
The i30 CRDi SX manual with protecz pack won the prestigious CARSguide Car of the Year 2007 award. Praised by the judging panel for its style, handling and performance features, the i30 was also voted CARSguide Green Car of the Year for its market-leading environmental credentials - and remains Australia’s most affordable diesel engine car.
Following an exhaustive evaluation and assessment process, the CARSguide national judging panel, which comprised some of Australia’s most prominent Motoring Editors and senior Motoring writers, agreed that the Hyundai i30 clearly outperformed all 48 original competitors.The i30 CRDi was determined the winner, receiving 94 out of a possible 99 points. The judges assessed the cars against 10 criteria, before ranking the finalists from 1-11 (1 being the best) to determine the winning Car of the Year 2007.



(Source: Hyundai i30, Car of the year in Spain | Hyundai-Blog)
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They deserve it. The i-series has really come as a silver lining to Hyundai.
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Default Spy pics of Hyundai i20

Mods - I accidentally posted this in this thread. If need be, please create a separate thread for this post.

Sourced these from another forum that I was browsing (Hyundai Blog). These are spy pics of 2009 Getz, code named i20. There is a 3 door model as well in one of the pics, but I guess that wont see the roads of India.

The blog description says -
The Hyundai Getz is reaching the end of its life-cycle and Hyundai is working hard to replace it with this Hyundai i20 by the summer of 2008.
We caught up with the new i20 in the Southern European mountains, and although we only snapped pictures of a five-door prototype we do expect a 3-door version to follow in early 2009.The Hyundai i20 will be positioned below the brand new i30 which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show and is destined to take on the VW Polo.


Power is expected to come from a variety of petrol engines ranging between 70 and 110 bhp and turbodiesel engines ranging between 88 and 110 bhp. [Source: Worldcarfans via KIA-WORLD]




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Why i30 is not launching India?New elantra looks really good and when are they gonna launch here in India?
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Hyundai is growing and has shown steady growth both in technology and sales figures across the globe.They are aiming to become the 5th largest auto giant by 2010.they would do it considering the pace of their growth.
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The i30 gained a total of 220 points, leaving the competition far behind. The Fiat 500, which placed second, scored 52 points, while the Ford Mondeo came in third with 36 points. This is the first time a brand won the award by gaining such a big advantage over its competitors.
Is it that good to defeat the European car of the year, FIAT 500, by such a huge margin?

Anyways, quite an achievement for Hyundai!
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The car may be real good, however, it looks a toned down copy of the Civic to my eyes!
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The i30 seems quite a machine to beat the 500 with such a big margin. I think the i30 is a fantastic car, which Hyundai should launch in India asap.
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Hyundai has to be taken seriously now.
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Hyundai is making progress at such a pace I am pretty sure you will soon see the brand Hyundai in F1
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Umm gaaaij, one zimble koshun. When we trash the opinions of our auto journalists in India, why do we go goo goo ga ga on European journo's votes?

Taking nothing away from the i30, but I'm saying that unlike India, most aren't aware of its peer group and of the competition. So yes, congrats Hyundai, but let's not uncork the bubbly yet, shall we?
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from what history the hyundai and the tatas have made, these giants sure know how to eliminate competition and strike big, its their very policies that will make them reach all that they aspire!

you see till date the tatas dont have a competion to indica and now they have just finished launching the indigo CS that will give every other car a truely tough fight!

and coming to hyundai look how they have been in the US markets, they have struggled and given 5year warranties where the counter part japs only offered 1-2years and they were forced to offer up to 3 years, now this sold hyundai like crazy!

they did eliminate competition by introducing the first accent CRDi and then the others simply had no choice but to follow!. let me tell you there was a time in Hyderabad when these cars sold more than any other brand in the same segment!

and now search for i30 in google get the international site itself and check for all the features offered, factory fitted, usb players to plush interiors man why dont they deserve to be sold!
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This awards are of PR value. Imagine the number of film awards given each year in India.

Nevertheless, i10 or the new Santro definitely has what it takes to be the leader in its segment. However, the question is that for how long both Santro and i10 will coexist. Perhaps when i10 achieves Santro's volumes.
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but on the other hand i think it will happen just the way it happened with accent and verna!
Hyundai would hope not. Right now, perhaps Verna is selling less than Accent (if seeing shiny new cars on NCR roads is any indication).

If they reduce i10 price and reduce differential with Santro, then they lose revenues on a hot selling product. If they reduce Santro prices, then why should people buy i10 again because of price/value. Things could change if i10 sales stop growing.
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From what I have read about i30, it seems to be a really good car in most respects. It has a good design to its credit, a good engine and above average road manners. Hyundai should bring this to India.

The new Hyundai designs have started to look good, starting from the i30. i10 looks good too. i20 looks a pretty proportionate design and I am eagerly waiting for it to be unwrapped.
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From what I have read about i30, it seems to be a really good car in most respects. It has a good design to its credit, a good engine and above average road manners. Hyundai should bring this to India.

The new Hyundai designs have started to look good, starting from the i30. i10 looks good too. i20 looks a pretty proportionate design and I am eagerly waiting for it to be unwrapped.
Just my guess, Hyundai is not launching i30 here because they think a costly hatch will not sell in India. But it is a very big hatch length/width/height being 4.25/1.78/1.48 meters. I would always prefer a big powerful hatch to a long sedan. Even if Hyundai launches i30 in India, they might put a boot. All my guesses.
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