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From Canadian Driver.

Toronto, Ontario – The Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan was name 2009 Canadian Car of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) at a press conference at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto this morning.

The Hyundai Genesis beat ten other “best new” category winners to claim the title. The other contenders were the Toyota Corolla, Pontiac Vibe, Mazda6, VW Passat CC, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz CL 550 and Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG (tie), BMW 135i Coupe, Lexus IS F, and Audi TTS.

“Winning the Canadian Car of the Year award with the Genesis is absolutely terrific news,” said Steve Kelleher, president and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada. “This award is testimony to the fact that Hyundai produces award-winning vehicles at all levels of the market, from the entry-level subcompact segment to the high-end luxury segment. Canadians can now buy a high-quality, luxurious vehicle with every feature they could want at an affordable price. And in today’s economic environment, that is smart.”

The Genesis was also recently named North American Car of the Year, and its all-new 4.6-litre V8 engine was named one of “Ward’s 10 Best Engines” for 2009 by Ward’s Auto World.

AJAC’s Canadian Car of the Year Awards chair, Richard Russell, commented: “AJAC has been conducting and perfecting the Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the year program for more than two decades. By constantly adjusting the program and testing procedures to reflect what is important to Canadian consumers, we feel we have a more thorough, unbiased and meaningful award than any other. It is heartening to learn from independent research that Canadians recognize the significance of the award. We will continue to strive to live up to that trust.”

AJAC’s annual Canadian Car of the Year awards program was created in 1985 with the purpose of providing consumers with sound, comparative information on vehicles that are new to the market. For that reason, the vote results that determined today’s winners are available to consumers as a resource buying guide on the AJAC web site. Also available are the comparative test data derived from the journalists’ extensive five day evaluation of over 160 new vehicles in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in October - this annual event is known in the industry as “TestFest”.

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