HYUNDAI VELOSTER NAMED AUTOBYTEL’S 2012 CAR OF THE YEAR

Autobytel named the all-new 2012 Hyundai Veloster its Car of the Year for 2012. Autobytel’s Car of the Year Award is selected annually by the editorial staff at Autobytel.com, a website dedicated to helping dealers and car-buyers connect online. The Veloster also won the award in the Compact Car category.

“Bringing progressive style and substance to the sport compact category, the 3-door hatchback Hyundai Veloster coupe is a win, appealing to fans from the college-bound to the empty nester. The design is a masterfully aggressive representation of Hyundai’s design language,” said Michelle Naranjo, managing editor, Autobytel.com. “Starting at $17,300 Autobytel editors believe that the 2012 Hyundai Veloster will be leading the pack for the coming year.”

Every year Autobytel.com editors ranging in age, driving habits and geography test out a number of cars. This year’s winner, the Veloster, was chosen based on its game changing potential, advances in design and overall efficiency.

“From the name to its long list of attributes, the Veloster is truly one of a kind – it offers the latest in-vehicle technology, delivers 40 mpg on the highway and combines the sporty driving dynamics of a coupe and utility of a hatchback,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “This award serves as a testament to the true innovation of our company and we’re tremendously honored to receive this accolade from the automotive experts at Autobytel.”

The all-new 2012 Veloster is the sixth vehicle in Hyundai’s 24/7 version 2.0 product initiative. Delivering innovation to the compact coupe segment with standard features such as a unique third door for easy rear-seat access, Hyundai’s Blue Link™ telematics system, Pandora® internet radio, seven-inch touch-screen display, and a new 1.6-liter Gasoline-Direct-Injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission. GDI technology helps deliver highway fuel economy of 40 mpg, lower emissions and higher reliability. With a starting price of $17,300 (plus freight), Veloster adds great value to its compelling list attributes.

AUTOBYTEL INC. (www.autobytel.com)

Autobytel Inc., an online leader offering consumer purchase requests and marketing resources to car dealers and manufacturers and providing consumers with the information they need to purchase new and used cars, pioneered the automotive Internet when it launched autobytel.com in 1995. Autobytel continues to offer innovative products and services to help consumers buy, and auto dealers and manufacturers sell, more used and new cars. Autobytel has helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every major automaker market its brand online. Through its flagship website Autobytel.com®, its network of automotive sites, including Autoweb.com®, AutoSite.com®, Car.comsm, CarSmart.com®, DealershipJobs.comsm, MyGarage.com® and MyRide.com® and its respected online partners, Autobytel continues its dedication to innovating the industry’s highest quality Internet programs to provide consumers with a comprehensive and positive automotive research and purchasing experience, and auto dealers, dealer groups and auto manufacturers with some of the industry’s most productive and cost-effective customer referral and marketing programs.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

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