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Elantra defeated arch rivals Kia Optima, Toyota Avensis, Audi A6 and Land Rover HSE to cart away the coveted plaque.
The board of judges said Elantra’s fluidic sculpture, styling and driving dynamics played out among indices that distinguished the fifth generation Hyundai Elantra.
Coming barely five months after it emerged “Car of the Year” for 2012 in a similar competition by South African Guild of Motoring Journalists and West Bank, the Hyundai Elantra could undoubtedly be the car to beat.
The car was also recently named “Best compact saloon” by South Africa’s CAR Magazine in its Top 12 Best Buys edition for 2012 and rated North American Car of the Year 2012.
A comparatively familiar sedan, Hyundai Elantra made its foray into the global marketplace between 1990 and 1995 when the first generation Elantra debuted.
Now sharpened to perfection, “the latest Elantra is everything and more you would expect from Hyundai,” The Nigerian Auto Awards’ jury affirmed.
Presenting the commemorative plaque to Hyundai Motors Limited, custodian of the brand in Nigeria, the judges said the Elantra is renowned for its wind-craft design language, which is in sync with the car’s daring fluidic sculpture and harmonious styling that consent with Hyundai’s recent product line-up.Share