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Hyundai Motor's Avante wins best car award in Canada
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South Korea's leading automaker Hyundai Motor Co. said Friday its Avante compact has been named best car of the year by Canadian journalists.

The Avante, called the Elantra in North America, was named the 2012 Canadian Car of the Year at the Canadian International Auto Show that runs through Feb. 26 in Toronto. The award is given by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.

The Hyundai compact car acquired the highest score of 802 points, beating Kia Motor Corp.'s Optima, called the K5 in South Korea, which received 786 points. Kia is Hyundai's smaller sister company and is part of the Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth largest carmaker.

Avante's latest accolade comes after the car was named the 2012 North American Car of the Year award last month. That award was given by a panel of independent automotive journalists at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Other vehicles made by Hyundai Motor's swept other segments of the Canadian awards. Its Accent subcompact was named the best new small car (under US$21,000), while the popular Veloster took the sports and performance car (under $50,000) award.

The Avante, in addition, won the best new small car (over $21,000) award.

Kia also won two titles. The Optima topped the best new family car (under $30,000) list and the Optima Hybrid was awarded the best new family car (over $30,000) honor.

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Source: Yonhap News (Feb. 17, 2012)

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