I think it was about time that Hyundai won another prize, right?
Their latest jewelry, the 2012 Hyundai Azera was chosen as Top Safety Pick, one of the biggest honors granted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
This award is given to the vehicles which take a straight A at the tests conceived by the Institute, concerning the degree of protection in case of front, side, rollover and rear crashes.
And Azera managed to do good at these tests, along of course with other Hyundai babies like Elantra, Sonata, Genesis, Equus, Santa Fe and Tucson.
We can surely congratulate Hyundai and IIHS for offering customers the opportunity to actually know what they are buying and what they can do to stay protected!
Hey guys, it has been so long since my last post, I know, but today I have some interesting and useful things, to make you forgive me.
Some of you Hyundai lovers, might have heard about the crash during which a side curtain airbag has allegedly injured a driver in a crash. Thah is not good for anyone, but especially not for Hyundai, therefore the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to open an investigation and check almost 123,000 vehicles.
This happened after NHTSA has received a complaint from a person who has suffered injuries at his face and ears because of the airbag. According to the photos, the ¨guilty evil ¨ was a metal part which perforated from the left edge of the headliner above the driver seat.
From Hyundai´s official statement, we understood that the investigation has just began and will probably last some time: “The evaluation is in the very early stages; neither Hyundai nor NHTSA have had an opportunity to inspect the 2012 Elantra that is the subject of this evaluation.Hyundai has no other reports of injury from side curtain airbag deployment in the 2012 Elantra.”
Let´s hope everything will be ok before anything worse happens!
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Elantra has proved to be a real gold mine for Hyundai. At least this is what we can say for this year.
For the first time in the history of the United States, Hyundai Elantra managed to reach over 600,000 units, increasing thus the sales with approximately 43 percent.(“In November, Elantra retail sales were up 37 percent, in spite of significant competition from all-new entries such as the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus and Honda Civic”- John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America President and CEO).
The representatives of both the USA and Canada dealerships declared that they are more than satisfied with the course of the business and that many surprises await for us in the future.(“The Elantra continues to fuel record sales in Canada. The Elantra’s Fluidic Sculpture design, advanced safety features and fuel efficiency make it the perfect car in our market”- Steve Kelleher, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp).
The 2 door coupe, recently seen in California is just one of the concepts which will amaze us at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
The good news keep coming and coming. Because now, Hyundai can be proud of a new performance: winning 2011 Motorist Choice Awards for the categories Luxury Lifestyle and Value categories.
The two “guilty” models that managed to win this prize are Hyundai Genesis and Elantra, old friends of ours, right?
Through this competition, potential buyers can find out easier what type of car best suites their interest and what they should chose in order to take advantage of both power and style .
And the fact that AutoPacific and IntelliChoice.com were the main “coordinators” reinforce our belief that we have made a good decision, buying a Hyundai.
Way to go Hyundai!
Since 2013 seems to be such a good year for the Korean brands, we bring to your attention the 2013 Kia Forte.
This is supposed to be a strong car with a powerful personality, similar to the Optima Sedan. Besides the 1.4 l and 4 cylinders engine from the Elantra model, that generates approximately 148 hp, another interesting feature is a stop-start system. Both automatic and manual six-speed will be available, so those who aren’t so great at handling sticks shouldn’t worry too much.
Until real announcements make their way in the industry, we will settle for these rumors and hope for the best.
Go Kia Forte!
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