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Hyundai scoops highest accolades at Top Gear Awards

2021.12.01 05:00:00 No. 16760
Hyundai scoops highest accolades at Top Gear Awards
  • · Hyundai i20 N has been named overall Car of the Year at Top Gear’s annual awards, outperforming cars from across the world’s most evocative brands
  • · Hyundai Motor was bestowed with Manufacturer of the Year, recognising overall breadth of ability across model line-up and diverse cast of characters on sale

Offenbach, 30 November 2021 – Hyundai Motor has taken highest honours at the Top Gear annual awards 2021, winning Car of the Year with i20 N and being named overall Manufacturer of the Year in recognition of the brand’s class leading model line-up. 

The i20 N recently triumphed at the Top Gear Speed Week test to claim coveted Performance Car of the Year title from a group of 26 contenders during a series of thorough tests. The judging panel – comprised of Top Gear’s expert editorial team alongside Chris Harris and The STIG – crowned the i20 N overall winner after a series of gruelling tests against models from some of the most evocative performance car brands in the world. The combination of i20 N’s thrilling handling and rounded abilities ultimately won the team over. 

Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor Company said: “We are truly honoured to receive two prestigious awards from one of the world’s most influential and enjoyable automotive publications, especially at a time when Hyundai’s global brand has never been stronger. We know the team at Top Gear is very demanding and have exacting standards, so winning the Car of the Year award for i20 N is certainly an achievement. The Manufacture of the Year is a testament to the direction that Hyundai is committed to as we transform into a smart mobility solutions provider. Everyone at Hyundai can be proud of this recognition."

Michael Cole, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “The Top Gear Awards recognise the best the industry has to offer. To be awarded the title Manufacturer of the Year highlights that our relentless work in leading the industry in future mobility through the company`s progressive spirit is not only recognised by our customers, but also leading automotive media. But we will surely not stop here. The industry is re-inventing itself and we plan to lead this change.”

Till Wartenberg, Vice President, Head of N Brand Management Motorsport Sub-Division at Hyundai Motor Company commented: “As a proud Nthusiast myself, it is most thrilling to see our all-new i20 N be selected as the Top Gear Speed Week champion among 26 fastest cars in the world, and ultimately establish a winning reputation as the Car of the Year. N will continue to do what it loves and does best to win the hearts of car enthusiasts around the world.” 

On i20 N winning the overall Car of the Year Jack Rix, Editor of Top Gear Magazine, said: “We already knew how brilliant the i20 N was after it brushed aside 25 other competitors at our recent Speed Week test to claim our coveted Performance Car of the Year title. But you don't win the top prize in our annual Awards without proving your all-round brilliance. Having shone on British racetracks and B-roads, we decided to throw it in at the deep end to prove its greatness, with an adventure across the Australian outback. What we discovered was a low-slung hot hatch that remained both comfortable and completely unflustered across oppressively large distances, and on washboard road surfaces. A little Hyundai hatchback that did so well, so far out of its comfort zone, that it was impossible to do anything but make it our overall Car of the Year.”

In addition, the Top Gear team lauded the breadth of talent across the entire Hyundai model range, honouring the company with Manufacturer of the Year. 

On Hyundai winning Manufacturer of the Year Jack Rix, Editor of Top Gear Magazine, said: “We’ve been here before. Three years ago, we named Hyundai our Manufacturer of the Year. That was based on a trio of impressive products, both naughty (the i30 N hot hatch) and nice (the hybrid IONIQ and KONA Electric). They all remain on sale, joined by an even more diverse cast. This year, it's the sheer breadth of talent in Hyundai's line up that swayed us: hot hatches (i30 N, i20 N), hot crossovers (KONA N), hydrogen fuel cell cars (NEXO) and an EV that looks and goes better than anything out there (IONIQ 5)... Hyundai is smashing it right across the board. We’ve known for a while that the Koreans are coming. Well, they’re not anymore. They’re here, and they’re doing it better than anyone else.”

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About Hyundai Motor Company

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is present in over 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees dedicated to tackling real-world mobility challenges around the globe. Based on the brand vision ‘Progress for Humanity,' Hyundai Motor is accelerating its transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider. The company invests in advanced technologies such as robotics and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to bring about revolutionary mobility solutions, while pursuing open innovation to introduce future mobility services. In pursuit of sustainable future for the world, Hyundai will continue its efforts to introduce zero emission vehicles equipped with industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell and EV technologies.

About Hyundai Motor Europe HQ

Hyundai Motor Europe HQ was formally established in 2000 with its main office in Offenbach, Germany. It is the regional headquarter responsible for over 40 markets with more than 3,000 outlets, taking a 3.6 per cent market share in 2020 (ACEA data). 75 per cent of the vehicles Hyundai sold in the region are models designed, engineered, tested and built in Europe to meet the needs of European customers, served by the company’s extensive European infrastructure. This includes two factories primarily serving Europe: in the Czech Republic and Turkey. 

As of January 2021, Hyundai has one of the youngest product ranges of any manufacturer, with almost all models younger than 1 ½ years old. More than 75 per cent of Hyundai’s line-up in Europe is now available as an electrified version, and the company plans to electrify its entire European line-up by 2025. Furthermore, Hyundai is a pioneer in zero-emission mobility, including its fully-electric subcompact SUV KONA Electric, its second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle NEXO, and the recently-launched battery-electric IONIQ 5, the first model in its new IONIQ line-up brand. In 2020, more than 13 per cent of Hyundai cars sold in Europe, or nearly 60,000 units, were zero-emission vehicles, making Hyundai one of the leading manufacturers in terms of fleet share as well as total sales of zero-emission vehicles in Europe.

Hyundai offers its unique Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package with all new cars sold in the region, providing customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

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