Hyundai's medium SUV tops Company Vehicle business awards
The new Hyundai Tucson has been named the Company Vehicle Medium SUV of the Year 2015, beating nine other vehicles to the top automotive business award.
Hyundai New Zealand General Manager Andy Sinclair says just weeks after launch, the new Tucson is well on its way to dominating the medium SUV market segment.
“Tucson is an important addition to our model range and is once more quickly becoming one of New Zealand’s favourite family wagons. Our customers have been eagerly awaiting its arrival, and this award from Company Vehicle recognises another market in which Tucson will excel,” he said.
The Company Vehicle magazine Business Cars of the Year feature no fewer than 10 categories, and awards are made by the magazine’s professional motoring journalists after they have driven and evaluated the vehicles.
With its launch date just before judging began, and facing tough competition, the Tucson stood out for judges, including Company Vehicle managing editor John Oxley.
“The medium SUV segment continues to grow apace, and one wonders when – or if – it will reach a ceiling. In the meantime we were given a difficult choice, especially now some of these vehicles are being presented with front-wheel drive options as well as 4WD,” he said
“The Hyundai Tucson has always been a stalwart in the compact SUV segment, but now it’s come of age - grown considerably, gained a whole lot of safety and convenience kit, and been promoted to the medium sector, where it’s a worthy winner.”
Hyundai New Zealand’s Andy Sinclair agrees.
“Tucson is a clear leader in specification, especially in the areas of user-friendly technology that enhances the experience for drivers and passengers. Comfort and convenience has been a particular focus and the breadth of the new Hyundai range means there is a model to suit every need,” he said.
The Tucson range gives customers a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive versions, with GDI and turbocharged petrol engines and diesel engines. The range features six speed automatic and seven speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) options with manual transmissions available by special order.
Inside, the Tucson offers customers an intuitive, sophisticated, user-friendly interior. New soft-touch, high-quality materials are used on all cabin surfaces, including the headlining, door trims, armrests and console side mouldings. Interior room is enhanced: the Tucson matches or exceeds its medium SUV competitors in all key dimensions with generous leg, shoulder, hip and headroom. The luggage area is 488 litres seats-up and 1,478 litres seats-down.
On-board technology offered in the range includes an information system that displays trip and fuel efficiency data, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a proximity smart key (Elite only) and power tailgate (Elite Limited only).
The Tucson’s seating features include a ten-way adjustable driver’s seat with two-way lumbar support (Elite); eight-way adjustable front passenger seat (Elite), multi-adjustable reclining rear seat backrest and heated (Elite) and ventilated front seats (Elite Limited) with three-way temperature adjustment for each function.
Driver-focussed safety technology includes reversing camera, lane change and blind spot detection (Elite & Elite Limited) warnings. Active safety features include Vehicle Stability Management, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AWD Elite Limited only) with pedestrian sensors, advanced traction cornering control, hill start and downhill braking assistance.
Mr Sinclair noted the Tucson is also a finalist in the 2015 AA Car of the Year Awards, which will be announced at a gala awards event today (9th December).
“Already, worldwide recognition of the Tucson is beginning to grow. I am sure this is the first of many local awards the Tucson will accumulate over coming months.”