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The Hyundai i20 is Northern Ireland’s ‘Car of the Year’

Pictured: Terry McLean, Regional Manager, Hyundai UK; Jim McCauley, Chairman UMWA, Natasha Waddington, Head of Press and PR, Hyundai UK and James Dempster, Regional Manager, NIIB Finance.

The Hyundai i20 drove off with the top accolade at the 2016 NIIB Finance Northern Ireland Car of the Year Awards. Held recently at Cultra Manor - part of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum – the event celebrated the best cars on the road in a number of categories including Small Car, Family Car, Sports Performance and Executive Car.

Speaking at the awards, Jim McCauley, Chairman of the Ulster Motoring Writers Association commented that, "The i20 has immediate appeal in terms of its sophisticated styling and high quality interior. And the admiration continues as you take to the road with its stable and secure handling and an excellent choice of engines.

“The initial fear was that Hyundai had priced themselves out of the market with this car, considering the contrasting interior finish, soft touch materials and the high level of standard specification in SE trim, including safety elements. But the final surprise was the very competitive price for an overall quality package that represents excellent value for money, underwritten by a 5-year warranty."

Tony Whitehorn, President & CEO of Hyundai UK commented: “We are delighted to receive this award from the Ulster Motoring Writers’ Association. The i20 has been and continues to be a very important car for the Hyundai brand. It is a strong competitor in the popular B-segment and since the launch of the New Generation i20 in January 2015, we have sold nearly 12,000 units across the UK. It is also our 3rd biggest seller in Northern Ireland behind the ix35 and i10."

The awards - sponsored by NIIB Finance, part of the Bank of Ireland and organised by the Ulster Motoring Writers Association, are an important event in the motoring calendar. NIIB's Regional Manager James Dempster presented the awards saying, "With NIIB Finance being the leading independent funding provider to the Northern Ireland motor market I am delighted to have teamed up with the Ulster Motoring Writers Association, delivering the 2016 NIIB Northern Ireland Car of the Year Awards.”

By Tracey McBain