Avustralya'dan sonra Hyundai i30 İspanya'da da "CAR OF THE YEAR" yılın otomobili seçildi. ilk defa bir asyalı (japon-kore vs.) marka bu ödülü kazanıyor. Ford mondeo ve fiat 500 ü aldığı 220puan ile büyük fark atarak bu ödülü almış. Doğru seçim yaptığımı zaten biliyordum,bu haberlerle daha emin oldum Haberin ingilizcesi şu şekilde
Hyundai´s i30 Chosen as Spain´s "Car of the Year"
First time an Asian brand has won the award Most prestigious award in Spain¡¯s automotive industry Received 220 points, beating the Fiat 500 and Ford Mondeo by huge gap
(Seoul, Korea) 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."
Hyundai´s 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 it¡¯s 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 Spain¡¯s 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 ¡°Car of the Year¡± 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