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Hyundai Motor’s Genesis and Tucson have been recognised by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) 2016 Top Safety Pick+ awards.
This body helps consumers select vehicles that offer the highest level of crash protection by conducting extensive and awarding those which are worthy.
The Vice President and Head of Operations at Hyundai Motor Company Africa and Middle East Jin (James) Kim said, “Our Company’s emphasis on safety is once again highlighted as two very different models, one ,an SUV and one a luxury sedan, are internationally recognised for their advanced safety technologies.
“The features which I think have helped us secure these awards are elements such as the autonomous emergency braking feature, lane departure warning with lane keep assist and the emergency brake assist offering.”
Adrian Lund, IIHS President commented on the rationale behind the Hyundai recognition; “The Genesis is equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), nine airbags and energy-absorbing front airbags, while the Tucson has AEB, helping these vehicles earn our top rating.
“Both earned a required good rating in the small overlap front crash evaluation and a superior-or advanced-rated front crash prevention system with automatic braking capabilities, key criteria to qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ award.”
IIHS rates vehicles in a small overlap front crash, moderate overlap front crash, side and roof strength, and head restraint tests, as well as a standard or optional front crash prevention system.
Winners of the Top Safety Pick+ award must earn good ratings for occupant protection in all five of the evaluations. For the first time, a good rating in the small overlap front crash test is required to earn the award – Hyundai Earns Top Ranking with Lowest Average Repair Costs
Hyundai announced recently that it was named No. 1 in Car MD’s Vehicle Index Manufacturer & Vehicle Reliability Rankings for its leadership in vehicle dependability. Hyundai earned this prestigious honor for its lower than average repair costs and very low repair frequency among all carmakers.
“Hyundai earning the top spot in this year’s Car MD Vehicle Health Index shows our commitment to designing vehicles with strong durability, quality and reliability,” said Frank Ferrara, Executive Vice President, Customer Satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. “When compared with other automakers, Hyundai owners had fewer trips to the repair shop and offering peace of mind to our owners for vehicle health.”
The Car MD Index ranks the top 10 manufacturers, top 100 vehicles, top three vehicles by vehicle category and common repairs by vehicle make. The 2015 rankings identify the most reliable cars from more than 3,800 different models built over the last 20 years, with analysis of more than 251,000 reported occurrences between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.
Stories by JOSEPH UNDU