Hyundai Is #1 Loyalty Leader For 9th Year In A Row

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Mar. 23, 2018

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Continuing an impressive streak, Hyundai has been ranked first in customer loyalty in the automotive industry for the ninth consecutive year according to the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. New York-based customer loyalty and engagement consultancy, Brand Keys, publishes this syndicated study annually, examining customer relationships across 761 brands and 83 categories.

“Brand engagement and loyalty has seen seismic shifts in the last decade with political and social movements taking place,” said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys. “The fact that Hyundai has been able to remain the leading automaker for these metrics is a testament to their efforts to constantly engage with its customers.”

The survey looks at 50,527 respondents who self-select the categories in which they are consumers and the brands for which they are customers. Brand Key’s methodology measures how well brands meet the expectations that consumers hold for each path-to-purchase driver, a metric which it has successfully applied for years to companies in B2B and B2C categories in 35 countries.

“With ever increasing competition, Hyundai continues to exceed customer expectations with our line-up of vehicles,” said Dean Evans, CMO, Hyundai Motor America. “It’s an honor to be recognized as earning a top spot in the automotive category for the ninth year in a row. Maintaining loyalty is one of the toughest things to do and this shows how we are building a deeper and more emotional connection with our customers. We continue to work hard every day to maintain the loyalty we’ve built and encourage customers to return to the Hyundai brand.”

Keys to Hyundai’s continued customer loyalty include its diverse and growing line-up designed to meet customer needs. From its expanding family of SUVs to eco-friendly and technology-forward vehicles, like the Ioniq and the recently announced NEXO, Hyundai continues to deliver across a wide-range of segments. Further, retail programs like the recent Shopper Assurance program means that customers have a better experience from the purchasing process through the various stages of ownership.

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CarMD Names Hyundai as Most Reliable Car Brand

Automotive diagnostic firm CarMD says Hyundai builds the most reliable cars you can buy. The automaker earned CarMD’s top distinction in the firm’s latest Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer and Vehicle Reliability Ranking, which examines both repair frequency and cost.

According to CarMD, the South Korean brand topped the rankings by boasting the lowest repair frequency and the second-lowest overall repair cost. On average, repairing a Hyundai included in CarMD’s survey cost just $312.67, a figure that edged out nearly every other automaker.

“The 2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer and Vehicle Reliability Ranking looked at data that applies to more than 119 million vehicles, so to earn this ranking is no small feat,” said Leon Chen, CarMD’s chief executive. “We commend Hyundai for its commitment to quality and to its efforts to minimize vehicle operating costs.”

According to CarMD, the win is a first for Hyundai. The brand finished behind Toyota in both of the last two years, finally edging them out in this year’s rankings. CarMD says the rankings compared more than 151,000 specific repairs performed from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013, on vehicles with model years from 2003 through 2013.

“Hyundai strives to provide our customers with a worry-free car ownership experience,” said Erwin Raphael, director of engineering and quality for Hyundai Motor America. “Earning the first place title in CarMD’s Vehicle Health Index report proves that our recipe for combining high value vehicles with long-term vehicle protection is a success.”

In terms of vehicle protection, Hyundai is indeed unparalleled. The brand boasts a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty on each of its vehicles, along with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Only Hyundai’s sister brand, Kia, can match the automaker’s impressive warranty numbers.

What it means to you: If you’re interested in a reliable new car, the data from CarMD points to Hyundai.

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Veloster – Taking America’s Hot Hatch Segment To The Matte

Boasting a design that looks more like a custom SEMA-bound sport compact rather than a production sub-$30,000 hatchback, the new Veloster Turbo dives head first into the hot hatch segment with plenty of extra power and an even more aggressive design to match.

The Veloster looks like nothing else in its segment.  The Veloster’s feature projector beam headlights with LED running lights. Likewise, the rear of the car adds LED taillights, round reflectors that match the front fog lights and, our favorite element, the dual center-mounted round exhaust outlets. Lower side sills and stylish 18-inch wheels with chrome inserts finish off the Turbo-specific design changes.

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2017 Hyundia Veloster

The Veloster is, by far, the least expensive car on the market to offer a factory matte finish, and the result is stunning in person.

This beautiful Veloster includes America’s best warranty from Hyundia.

Stop in today to test ride your Veloster.

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Hyundai Introduces All-New 2018 ACCENT at the Orange County International Auto Show

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The All-New 2018 Accent

  • Fifth-generation Hyundai ACCENT demonstrates Hyundai’s engineering expertise with improved driving dynamics and an efficient powertrain
  • Upscale exterior design, sophisticated interior and signature Hyundai design cues are central to ACCENT’s striking appeal
  • Advanced connectivity with available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay,Hyundai Blue Link and SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Exceptional safety from the available Forward Collision-avoidance Assist

Highlights for 2018 ACCENT

  • Sophisticated Sedan Design
    • Hyundai’s new cascading grille, expressive and upscale design
    • Contemporary and intuitive interior
    • Available premium exterior features: projector headlights with LED DRLs, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and available fog lights
  • Performance and Improved Dynamics
    • Eco-efficient 1.6-liter GDI Dual-CVVT 4-cylinder engine with standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission
    • 130 horsepower and 119 lb.-ft. of torque (estimated)
    • Improved NVH and ride quality
    • Architecture includes 54.5 percent Advanced High Strength Steel
  • Improved Audio, Multimedia and Blue Link
    • Standard 5-inch color touchscreen
    • Available 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    • Available Blue Link® Connected Services 3 years with standard complimentary service, including remote start

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  • Premium Comfort and Convenience Features
    • Available segment first hands-free smart trunk release and dual USB charging
    • Available heated front seats, proximity push button start and automatic temperature control
    • Class-above total interior volume—a subcompact car with the roominess of a compact
  • Exceptional Level of Safety Features
    • Standard rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
    • Available Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA)

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All-New 2018 Elantra GT Makes Debut at Chicago Auto Show

2-472992018ElantraGTHyundai Motor America debuts the all-new 2018 Elantra GT at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Lower, wider, and longer, the all-new Elantra GT adds a more aggressive stance and interior volume to its clean European style and driving dynamics. When the new hatchback arrives this summer, shoppers can choose between two models, the efficient, smooth running GT, or the more powerful and fun-to-drive GT Sport. Elantra GT is based on the new-generation i30 model designed for the European market.

“The new Elantra GT brings more to the North American shores for the 2018 model year,” said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “More space and features inside. More aggression and European flair outside. And more options under the hood. I’m particularly excited to showcase the GT Sport, a true hot hatch.”
HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2018 ELANTRA GT

  • Lower, wider, more aggressive stance
  • European styling
  • Nearly 25 cubic feet of behind rear seat storage
  • Standard vertical LED daytime running lights
  • Standard eight-inch display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Available dual-zone climate control
  • Available high and low beam LED headlights
  • Available wireless smartphone charging
  • Amazon Alexa Blue Link remote starting
  • Blue Link heated features


STRONG STRUCTURE AND STRIKING FIGURE
With clean proportions, flowing character lines, and an attention grabbing new cascading grille design, the new GT imbues class and sophistication. It’s posture; lower, wider, and longer; shows the GT means business. The GT lands where European style meets American can-do attitude and ability. And it’s not merely skin deep, over half the structure (53-percent) comprises of advanced high-strength steel, nearly double the outgoing generation. And it’s bonded together with just over 367 feet of structural adhesive. This combines to make the Elantra GT, stiffer, stronger, and lighter. It’s 22-percent more rigid than the last GT to be specific. And the body-in-white weighs 61 pounds less. That combines with a slippery 0.30 coefficient of drag making the GT feel solid, efficient and smooth.

CAPACIOUS CABIN
While the outside dimensions effectively match that of most compact hatchbacks, clever ergonomics and packaging make room inside for five and so much more. In fact, with 96.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and nearly 25 cubic feet of cargo volume, we expect the EPA to classify the Elantra GT as a large car, rarified territory for this class. And with the rear seats folded, the GT offers massive amounts of space for cargo.

GREAT POWERTRAIN OPTIONS
For 2018, choose between two inline-four-cylinder engines in the Elantra GT. The efficient yet robust, direct injection 2.0-liter makes an estimated 162 peak horsepower. It mates to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Opt for the GT Sport and get the 1.6-liter turbo engine found in the Elantra Sport and enjoy an estimated 201 peak horsepower along with a broad band torque peak of 195 pound feet. The six-speed manual is available here too, or an athletic, seven-speed dual-clutch gear box.

RIDE AND HANDLING
Taking advantage of the stiff and strong new structure, Hyundai tested and developed the Elantra GT on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Running hundreds of laps, the engineers tested for ride, handling, and durability. This resulted in a suspension tune that feels taut yet comfortable, minimizing unwanted body roll yet maximizing wheel impact absorption. Opt for the GT Sport and the rear torsion beam suspension is switched for a fully-independent multilink setup, standard 18” alloy wheels and larger front and rear brake rotors for even more fun when the going gets twisty. All-in-all, whether it’s a spirited drive through a canyon road, or carrying your mountain bike to the trailhead up the canyon, the Elantra GT is ready.

ILLUSTRIOUS INSIDES
Aside from great available appointments inside the Elantra GT, like leather seats, alloy pedals, and dual-zone climate control, Hyundai added several new items to keep you comfortable and safe. The Elantra GT is available with conveniences like Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-Fi™, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and wireless smartphone charging. That’s on top of great standard features such as 8-inch display audio and 17-inch alloy wheels. For safety, the GT is available with several systems usually found in expensive luxury vehicles, such as Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Attention Assist, High-Beam Assist, and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert.

Vastly improved structure, Nürburgring refined driving-dynamics, and top-notch features in the new Elantra GT redefine what it means to be a “compact” hatchback.

NEXT GENERATION INFOTAINMENT: AUDIO/VIDEO/NAVIGATION (AVN) 5.0 WITH HD TRAFFIC
The 2018 Elantra GT also debuts Hyundai next generation AVN 5.0 infotainment system. This system features an upgraded processor for greater responsiveness, as well as an eight-inch screen vs. the seven-inch screen in last generation Elantra GT. Using presets with AVN 5.0 is a snap because AM, FM and SiriusXM channels are now combined on one screen. A bird’s eye view has also been added to Navigation maps and drivers can now get traffic flow and incident data without ever paying for a subscription via HD Radio.

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GENESIS G90 DECLARED MOST LOVED LUXURY CAR IN STRATEGIC VISION STUDY; BRAND RATED SECOND OVERALL

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The Genesis G90 was named the Most Loved Luxury Car of 2017 in Strategic Vision’s annual New Vehicle Experience Study (NVES). The Genesis brand finished second among luxury makes — most of them long-established industry icons.

The annual study surveyed more than 34,000 new vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership on topics that included performance, luxury and value. The award is based on the Customer Love Index (CLI), derived from the NVES.

“The G90 earned the Most Loved Luxury Car award by offering a vehicle that competes very well in the important Luxury Car segment. G90 owners love most everything about the vehicle itself, ranging from the interior roominess and seating comfort to sound system performance and overall riding comfort,” said Alex Hare, Vice President, Market Research, Strategic Vision. “Combined with a high level of standard equipment backed by a strong warranty, the G90 represents a compelling overall value, particularly in the luxury segment, all of which makes the G90 both a smart choice to purchase and an exciting vehicle to own.”

“Our tenets mean a lot to this brand,” said Erwin Raphael, General Manager of Genesis Motor America. “Our products, their attributes and the way we deliver them to clients reflect the love that our team has for our customers. Third-party recognition, this time directly from our customers as conveyed through renowned Strategic Vision, reaffirms that we are on the right path.”

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Genesis Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., distributes, markets and services Genesis vehicles in the United States. Genesis is a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design and innovation. A total of six new Genesis models will launch by 2021 and will compete with the world’s most renowned luxury car brands. All Genesis vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by an industry-leading warranty with enhanced roadside assistance and concierge services.
For more information on Genesis and its new definition of luxury, please visit www.genesis.com

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Line-Up Features New Value-Focused Trim and Enhanced Feature Packaging

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The award-winning Hyundai Santa Fe lineup continues to improve for the 2018 model year. Building upon major 2017 enhancements such as fresh exterior design and LED lighting signatures to additional infotainment, safety features and new Drive Mode selection, an all-new Value package on the Santa Fe Sport delivers popular features at an exceptional value. The 2018 Santa Fe Sport is arriving at dealers now and the 2018 Santa Fe models will be arriving early summer.

2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport Highlights

Packaging

  • New Santa Fe Sport model Value Package:
    • Heated dual power side mirrors with turn signal indicators
    • Power windows with front auto-up/down
    • Proximity key with push-button start
      • (includes Remote Start via Blue Link app)
  • Seven-inch display audio with Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™ & SiriusXM
  • Dual automatic temperature control with Clean Air ionizer
  • Hyundai Blue Link® Connected Car System
  • Power driver seat with lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • LED daytime running lights (DRL)
  • Front fog lights
  • Roof side rails


Interior

  • Premium wood finish trim now standard on leather-equipped Santa Fe/Santa Fe Sports
  • Blue Link-equipped Santa Fe Sports and Santa Fes now include all services standard for a full three years (see detailed standard services list in Blue Link section)

POWERTRAINS
The 2018 Santa Fe line-up continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and seating options for five, six or seven passengers. The Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder direct-injected engine with 185 horsepower or the more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower. 2018 Santa Fe (three-row) uses the 3.3-liter Lambda II V6 engine, with 290 horsepower. All Santa Fe engines utilize high-pressure direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. Active Cornering Control and a windshield wiper de-icer is also standard on AWD Santa Fe models.

GENEROUS FEATURE CONTENT
Santa Fe offers a comprehensive list of standard features, including a rearview camera, automatic on/off headlights, remote keyless entry with alarm, bodycolor power side mirrors with driver’s blind spot mirror, LED headlight accents, daytime running lights, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free smartphone system. Premium features such as HID Xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, navigation and an updated 12-speaker Infinity Logic7® audio system which features QuantumLogic® Surround and Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology are available. Also available is Hyundai’s innovative power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open, which makes it even easier for owners to gain access to the cargo area whenever their hands are full. This system makes it easy for the driver to keep both feet comfortably on the ground by simply standing within a few feet of the rear bumper with the key fob in a purse or pocket for a few seconds.

BLUE LINK® STANDARD SERVICES
For 2018, Hyundai is making a variety of services standard on all Blue Link-equipped Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models. Blue Link Connected Care, Remote and Guidance packages are now free for three years. Some of these Blue Link services are now also accessible via smartphone, smartwatch and virtual assistant devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home, such as Remote door lock, Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search by Google® and the Monthly Vehicle Health Report.

Hyundai is going above and beyond the competition by making all Blue Link safety and security features like Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery standard to subscribers as well. These important features include immediate access to the Blue Link Emergency Response Center in the event of an accident, faster connection to emergency services and 24/7, 365 days/year access to emergency assistance via the dedicated SOS button. Blue Link can also assist the police in locating and recovering a stolen vehicle.

In addition to making the current features standard, Hyundai will tackle the inconvenience of outdated map software by offering free downloads to maintain up-to-date navigation programming on the system’s SD card via the MyHyundai website. These complimentary updates also will be available for three years as part of the Guidance Package.

Blue Link standard features include:

Connected Care Package

    • Automatic Collision Notification
    • SOS Emergency Assistance
    • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
    • Monthly Vehicle Health Report
    • Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification
    • Service Link
    • Maintenance Reminder
    • Driving Information
    • On-Demand Diagnostics


Remote Package
(Most features can be activated via Amazon Alexa skill, smartphone app or smartwatch)

    • Remote Start with Climate Control (Requires push-button start)
    • Remote Door Lock / Unlock
    • Remote Horn and Lights
    • Car Finder
    • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
    • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
    • Stolen Vehicle Immobilization
    • Alarm Notification
    • Curfew Alert
    • Geo-Fence
    • Speed Alert
    • Valet Alert


Guidance Package (Requires Onboard Navigation)

    • Destination Search Powered by Google
    • Destination Send-to-Car by Google
    • Multimedia and Navigation Updates (provides complimentary map updates)


ANDROID AUTO™ AND APPLE CARPLAY™ SUPPORT
Both Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly-used smartphone functions, including navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, making phone calls and sending messages along with more than 40 approved smartphone apps. Android Auto is compatible with Android phones running Android 5.0, Lollipop or higher. Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and later models running IOS 7 and above.

SAFETY
Standard safety equipment on the 2018 Santa Fe lineup includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

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