Monday, September 08, 2008

Tucson and Elantra Make Back-to-School Cars Lists by Kelley Blue Book's

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 09/03/2008 Kelley Blue Book's recognized the 2008 Hyundai Tucson as a "Top 10 New Back-to-School Car" and the 2006 Hyundai Elantra as a "Top 10 Used Back-to-School Car." The "Top 10" lists are designed to help students and parents decide which vehicles are best to consider for their next automotive purchase by offering expert advice from editors and top recommendations for getting to and from class in an economical and reliable new or used car.

"There are so many options these days, in both the new- and used-car realm, for safe, fun and affordable back-to-school rides," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst, Kelley Blue Book and "Hyundai offers vehicles that are better built and better equipped than ever before, and more importantly, they include potentially life-saving standard safety features at prices that parents and students will find difficult to beat."

The 2008 Tucson boasts safety and convenience with standard safety features like active front head restraints, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and six airbags. It also offers new entertainment upgrades to better fit a student's lifestyle, such as standard XM Satellite Radio® and an auxiliary audio input allowing drivers to listen to music from their iPod® or mp3 player.

The affordable 2006 Elantra earns high marks with a comprehensive list of standard and available safety features, earning five stars in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a "Good" score in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) crash testing. With more interior volume than key competitors Civic and Corolla, the Elantra provides comfortable and versatile seating for all.

All of the new cars on this year's Back-to-School lists from Kelley Blue Book's feature starting New Car Blue Book Values of less than $18,000, while all used cars have a Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail Value of less than $12,000.

"We're very honored to have our vehicles recognized by as a smart option parents should consider for their children," said Tim Benner, national manager, Product Development, Hyundai Motor America. "The Tucson and Elantra come equipped with robust standard safety packages, expansive interiors and fuel-efficient engines - all at an affordable price. The Elantra and Tucson exemplify the quality and value that parents are looking for when they are shopping for the household fleet."


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 almost 800 dealerships nationwide.

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