Friday, January 26, 2007

Hyundai Veracruz Earns Accolades At North American International Auto Show Debut

Hyundai Veracruz Earns Accolades At North American International Auto Show Debut

Veracruz Stands Out Among 22 Production Vehicle Introductions At North America's Largest Auto Show

01/15/2007 The all-new Hyundai Veracruz crossover debuted at the North American International Auto Show this week, earning praise and recognition as a stand-out new model at the 2007 show. Car & Driver Online listed Veracruz among the “Most Significant Vehicle Introductions” at the 2007 show. The editors praised the Veracruz for being spacious and wrote, "Hyundai duped many a focus group into thinking its seven-passenger Veracruz is a Lexus." more>>

U.S. News & World Report Online ranked "Hits and Misses" for the 2007 Show. Crossover vehicles scored a "Hit" because of fast-growing sales in the U.S. market, and "cool" new products. Veracruz joined the Nissan Rogue as one of the "Hit" crossovers of the show. more>>

Editors at MSN Autos named Veracruz to its "Editors' Choice" list at 2007 show. MSN Autos characterized the vehicle as "luxuriously appointed" and "upscale," in distinguishing it from the crowd. Other models receiving the "Editors' Choice" honor included BMW 3-series Convertible, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Focus, Lexus IS-F, Nissan Rogue, Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, smart fortwo and Toyota Tundra. more>>

Auto industry insiders, Joe Wiesenfelder, Mike Hanley and David Thomas ranked winners and losers at this year's show on the blog, "Kicking Tires." Veracruz was unanimously voted a &34;winner&34; and received compliments for fit and finish, standard safety features and seven-passenger seating. Other unanimous winners included the 2008 Cadillac CTS, 2008 Nissan Rogue, 2008 Dodge Avenger, 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan. more>>

"Veracruz is the right vehicle at the right time for this emerging segment," said Steve Wilhite, chief operating officer of Hyundai Motor America. "The vehicle's designers recognized that needs of traditional SUV buyers weren’t being met and focused on delivering them in an elegant and unique way. The result is a spacious crossover that delivers both high-class style and first-rate performance."

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 740 dealerships nationwide.

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