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Hyundai scoops five awards at AA Car of the Year

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Hyundai Tucson wins big

The new Hyundai Tucson has won the coveted People’s Choice Trophy at the AA Car of the Year Awards gala event Wednesday evening (9th December 2015) as part of a dominant sweep of category awards by the brand.

Hyundai New Zealand General Manager Andy Sinclair says Hyundai took five awards, winning Best Luxury Car and Safest Car 2015 (Hyundai Genesis); Best Large SUV (Hyundai Santa Fe); Best Medium SUV and People’s Choice (Hyundai Tucson).

He says all five awards are a humbling but fitting accolade for the brand, while winning the People’s Choice award just months after launch is a “fantastic” endorsement of the Tucson and of Hyundai’s relationship with its family of owners.

“We are a New Zealand company and we are all about our people; our staff, our dealerships and owners alike. To win an award voted by the people of New Zealand for an advanced new medium SUV like Tucson is a wonderful validation of our emphasis on class-leading design, user-friendly technology and superb driveability. I’d like to thank all those who voted for Tucson in this award,” he said.

Take your chance to have breakfast with the man of the moment of kiwi motorsport

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Ever wondered what was the breakfast of champions?
Here is your chance to find out.


Hayden Paddon is the next big thing in NZ Motor Racing. 

He is currently racing all over the world, and consistently placing in the top10 rankings in the WRC (World Rally Championship). He recently made New Zealand motorsport history with his podium finish in the Rally of Italy and is lined up to continue his run to the top with his hot form at the moment.

We are very lucky to have him in Nelson an available to meet and greet with us on Tuesday July 14th starting with the Big Brekkie Victory Boxing Fund Raiser at Monaco Resort from 7 - 9am. Come and listen to his experience competing at the pinnacle of his chosen sport globally, and the hard work and commitment he has shown to get to the top. A true world champion in the making Hayden is one of the nicest guys in motorsport!

Tickets cost $39 per person, with $15 of that going straight to Victory Boxing. Click here to pre-purchase tickets to the event via the website Eventbrite. 
Bring your wallet, let’s raise some additional funds for Victory Boxing as well with Hayden Paddon gear up for auction amongst other things.

This is just the start of an action packed day, so stay tuned for details on the rest of the exciting activities. 

Paddon scores career best with second place at WRC Italy

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New Zealand’s most successful rally driver Hayden Paddon has ably demonstrated his star potential having secured a history-making, career-best second place at this weekend’s Rally Italy Sardinia.

Hayden Paddon 2015Hayden Paddon flying through the Rally Italy course. Click to enlarge.

Paddon and co-driver John Kennard marked their first anniversary with Hyundai Motorsport by creating a double podium finish with Belgium team-mates Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul for the World Rally Championship’s newest manufacturer.

Paddon and Kennard led the rally from the start of Friday’s action – the first New Zealanders to lead an overseas WRC event – and only relinquished that lead on Saturday afternoon’s loop after leading the rally outright for 15 stages. They delivered Sunday’s results exactly to plan, securing their fourth stage win of this rally and safely getting to the finish despite some niggles with their Hyundai i20 WRC car.

Paddon described his first-ever WRC podium finish – the best result by a New Zealander in an overseas WRC rally – as a dream result.

Paddon said: “To finish on the podium is an absolutely amazing feeling. Words can’t really do justice to how I’m feeling right now.

The team at Bowater Hyundai are very proud of what Hayden has achieved, and super excited to have him coming to our dealership in a few short weeks. If you are a fan of motorsport, or a keen to meet a top level athlete performing at his peak on the world stage, set aside some time on Tuesday July 14th. This a great chance for everyone to come along and get a chance to meet this amazing driver at the peak of his career over the course of the day. There will be several opportunities at several different events planned. 

The response to the podium placing for Paddon and his co-driver John Kennard has been intense as the media takes notice of this rising star that has been working hard on his craft for many years now. 

Meet the Bowater Hyundai Team

James Duncan. Very good at horsing around....

2015-isuzu-james500xJames has been with Bowater Hyundai & Isuzu since early in 2014, having come through the industry since his first job as a vehicle groomer back in 2002. Over that time he has certainly seen technology change, and is able to point you in the right direction with matching you up with the vehicle that will best suit your needs. He has his finger on the pulse and knows how to take control of the reigns!

Born and bred in Nelson, James grew up in Wakefield and attended Waimea College. He has kept true to his country roots, having competitively ridden horses since he was 5. He now competes on a national level, often travelling to events such as the Horse of the Year with his horse and his executive horse float. Got a question about towing a horse float - James is your man! He has towed more horse floats in his time than most, and has got the full run down on towing statistics. Click here to contact James directly.

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