South African Guild of Motoring Journalists and Autotrader’s have shortlisted Hyundai Kona for the 2019 car of the year prize which will be awarded in April this year.
The Hyundai Kona is a finalist for the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists and Autotrader’s 2019 Car of the Year prize, which will be awarded in April this year. The Hyundai Kona has also achieved international recognition during the past year by winning an iF Design Award in the Automobiles/Vehicles category. The award recognised the elegant and expressive appearance of Hyundai Motor’s first subcompact SUV.
Last year the Kona was also among three models for which Hyundai Motor’s design talent was recognized by the judges for the 2018 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), one of the world’s three grand international design prizes. The Kona, together with Hyundai’s Santa Fe SUV and the NEXO fuel-cell SUV, received silver awards in the automotive and transportation category.
The three silver IDEA Design awards are the most prestigious global design prizes won in Hyundai’s history for the automotive and transportation category. In 2016, the Elantra received a bronze award.
Hyundai’s Kona has also received a GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Founded in Chicago in 1950, the prestigious GOOD DESIGN Awards honour the yearly achievements of the best industrial and graphic designers and world manufacturers for their pursuit of extraordinary design excellence.
The Hyundai Kona, launched locally in October 2018, is available in South Africa in two derivatives with different engines and gearboxes. The Kona 1.0 T-GDI Executive (manual) enters the local market at a price of R379 900, while its sibling, the Kona 2.0 NU Executive (automatic), comes with a price ticket of R399 900.
Both models are front-wheel driven. The 1-litre turbo-engine delivers its power via a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the 2-litre naturally aspirated version uses a six-speed automatic gearbox with the option of manual shift.