Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Hyundai Earns Another J.D. Power and Associates APEAL Award

Hyundai Earns Another J.D. Power And Associates APEAL Award

Azera Sedan Tops Its Segment For Second Year In A Row

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIF., 06/28/2007 - J.D. Power and Associates announced today that Hyundai Azera once again topped the large car segment in the annual 2007 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout StudySM (APEAL), which measures owner delight with the design, content, layout and performance of their new vehicles. The award represents the second consecutive year that Azera has topped the large car segment in the study. Outperforming several popular sedans, Azera received high marks for its interior, audio systems, seats, heating and air conditioning (HVAC), visibility and driving safety.

"Azera owners are impressed with the elegance and luxury of their car," said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai's vice-president of National Sales. "This award further reinforces our brand philosophy about how smart consumers think about premium sedans. Clearly, the Azera raises the bar by combining safety, luxury and value like no other vehicle in its segment."

In addition, the all-new Hyundai Entourage placed third in the van segment and the re-designed Hyundai Santa Fe mid-sized SUV increased its APEAL ranking well above the segment average, with a 56-point improvement over last year.

The Azera trophy case continues to grow with a number of honors and awards. It recently captured "Best in Class" for the sedans in the $25,000 to $30,000 category in Kiplinger's Personal Finance "Best of 2007 Cars" awards and achieved the top slot in the large car segment in the Strategic Vision, Total Quality Index™ (TQI) study, which measures the total vehicle satisfaction among new car owners. In addition, the Azera was named Edmunds.com "Editor's Most Wanted Sedan Under $30,000," and was named a Consumer's Digest "Best Buy." The 2006 Azera earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) top crash test ratings for frontal offset impacts, aided by unsurpassed standard safety equipment like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) and eight airbags.

About J.D. Power and Associates

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is an ISO 9001-registered global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, consulting, training and customer satisfaction. The firm's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Find more detailed findings on new-vehicle quality performance as well as model photos and specs by watching a video, reading an article and reviewing quality ratings at JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

About Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 750 Hyundai dealerships nationwide.

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