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Hyundai i30 Sedan wins prestigious 2021 North American Car of the Year.

12 January, 2021

  • 2021 Hyundai i30 Sedan (“Elantra” in the U.S. market) named winner of the 2021 North American Car of the Year
  • Second time the Hyundai sedan has won Car of the Year (2012)
  • Dramatic four-door-coupe look comes to life with “Parametric Dynamics” design theme
  • i30 Sedan N and i30 Sedan N Line performance models joining the range in 2021

The 2021 Hyundai i30 Sedan (“Elantra” in the U.S. market) was named winner of the 2021 North American Car of the Year award today by the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACOTY) automotive media jury.

This is the second time the Hyundai sedan has won Car of the Year (2012). Only two cars have won the award more than once (Chevrolet Corvette and Honda Civic) and this marks Hyundai’s third Car of the Year category win.

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“Thank you to all of the jurors. I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of the entire company, our Alabama and Ulsan plant employees who build i30 Sedan and our dealers,” said José Muñoz, Global Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Company, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America and Hyundai Motor America. “i30 Sedan is a symbol of our blend of dynamic design, advanced technology and great fuel economy. i30 Sedan customers are going to experience all of the hard work and dedication that went into making this class-leading car.”

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The jurors tested and evaluated more than 40 new vehicles before voting the top three cars, utility vehicles and trucks to be 2021 finalists. The Nissan Sentra and Genesis G80 were the other car finalists.

Now in their 28th year, the NACOTY awards are selected through a series of three separate votes by a diverse jury of automotive journalists from numerous outlets in the United States and Canada. Jurors evaluate the finalists based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

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Founded in 1994, these awards are the longest-running new-vehicle awards not associated with a single publication, website, radio or television station. Because of the jurors’ independence, these awards are among the most respected in the industry.