Hyundai has achieved a double win at the 2016? What Car? Awards with the Hyundai i10 retaining its title of “Best City Car”, and the ix35 Fuel Cell scooping the Technology Award.
The new generation Hyundai i10 has retained its top position of its class by taking the title of ‘Best City Car’ for the third consecutive year at the What Car? Awards, as well as the ‘Best Buy between £10,000-£11,000’. Beating off competition once again, the i10 was praised for its refined cabin, smooth engine, extensive kit list and practicality.
Jim Holder, Editorial Director, Autocar, Pistonheads, and What Car? said “Despite facing new or updated rivals, the i10 has retained its position and has come out on top again.” The i10 is a “comfortable and nippy city car that’s easy to park and cheap to run” however, what makes it better than its competitors is that it offers “a more refined cabin, a smooth engine, and extensive kit list and far greater practicality” which results in a car that’s “easier to live with and better to drive.”
The world’s first commercially available fuel cell vehicle – the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell also claimed a Technology award and was praised for its “bravery in trying to force change.”
On speaking about the ix35 and hydrogen fuel cell technology, Holder claimed that it “holds the key to the future of sustainable motoring” and that “all-new technologies need early champions, and that Hyundai’s bravery in trying to force change is to be applauded.”
The ix35 Fuel Cell is fitted with a 100 kW electric motor, which enables it to reach a maximum speed of 100mph. It produces no harmful emissions during driving, with only water vapour coming from the tailpipe. Providing range in line with a conventionally powered car, the ix35 has an official driving range on a single tank of hydrogen of almost 370 miles.
On receiving the awards, Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK said “Winning Best City Car for the third consecutive year is a huge accolade for the cleverly packaged i10” and that it continues to be the “best selling model despite it now being the oldest car in our product line up.”He further went on to say how the brand has “evolved” and “continues to evolve” with a “firm eye on the future with the world’s first commercially available hydrogen-powered vehicle.”
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