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Written by Media Manager.

30th March 2012

2012hyundai-i40-wagon-ukThe Hyundai i40 Wagon has held off well-established rivals to take the overall title of Best wagon in the Business Car Manager’s annual awards in the UK.

The awards identify the top company cars across nine distinct categories, and the Hyundai i40 Wagon was chosen as the winner above rivals such as the Ford Mondeo Wagon, Volvo V50 and the Skoda Octavia Estate.

Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO Hyundai Motor UK, said: “To take the Best Wagon  award is a huge honour for us and it bears testimony to just how well the i40 performs. The lowest BiK tax rates coupled with ultra-efficient engines, premium levels of equipment and space and practicality make the i40 the ideal business wagon.”

Ralph Morton, Editor of Business Car Manager, said: “We’ve brought together the very best and while they straddle a mix of classes and sectors, they’re united by one attribute - they’re all great additions to your business. Hyundai’s continued growth in the UK has seen it launch several new top-quality vehicles for business users. The i40 is one such vehicle that fully deserves this award as it provides a compelling alternative to the established rivals.”

The Business Car Manager Best Estate Award is the third major honour that the i40 Wagon has won since its launch in the UK in September last year. It has already won the Best Estate Car title at the 2011 Scottish Car of the Year Awards along with the Golden Award at the 2011 Euro CarBody Conference.


The i40 Wagon was released here in New Zealand earlier this year in January, with the option of both 1.7 litre UII High powered diesel engine or a 2.0 litre GDi petrol engine variant as an additional offering.

“The stunning new i40 Wagon reflects the spirit of change at Hyundai, and for Hyundai New Zealand as well. Sales of the i40 Wagon here in New Zealand since its launch has been positive, and many of our customers refer to why this vehicle handles well, and how it is designed for our kiwi roads,” said General Manager of Hyundai New Zealand, Andy Sinclair.

“The i40 is a perfect example of how we are offering the best and making it accessible to everyone.”

“For example that best-in-class CO2 figure* demonstrates the advances we are making towards global leadership in eco-technology,” said Mr Sinclair.


*Applies to the i40 Wagon 1.7 CRDi M6 Blue Drive model

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Daryl has been in the car industry for a long time, ever since he started as an apprentice mechanic for the Post Office's Workshop in Wellington, where he grew up.

We are fortunate to have him, and all of his varied vehicle industry experience, with us at Bowater Hyundai since 2010. He has seen the Hyundai brand go from strength to strength and has a depth of technical knowledge of the evolution of the range of vehicles. 

Daryl lives in Stoke with his wife, they have four grown children living as far afield as Wellington and Sydney. A proud supporter of the Hurricanes and the Lions, Daryl maintains his strong connection to the city he grew up in.

He is a strong believer in the Bowater Motor Group philosophy of giving back to the community and thrives on "the strong focus of ethical business within the company". As such Daryl is a strong advocate for the special relationships that Bowater Hyundai has built with community partners such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Victory Boxing.

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