Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Motor Trend Names Genesis and Sonata Two of America's Top 40 New Cars

Hyundai's New Flagship Genesis Sedan and Refreshed Sonata Recognized as Best Cars to Buy in 2009

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 03/06/2009 Both the 2009 "North American Car of the Year" Hyundai Genesis sedan and 2009 Sonata were recognized among "America's Top 40 New Cars" by Motor Trend in the April 2009 issue on sale now and online at www.motortrend.com. In addition, the all-new 2010 Genesis Coupe, which is just now reaching U.S. dealerships, was listed along side other highly anticipated arrivals such as the new Chevrolet Camaro and Toyota Prius on the "Five Worth Waiting For" list.

Motor Trend editors evaluated more than 247 vehicles currently on the market to help readers identify the best 40 cars to buy in a variety of categories. The Sonata SE was called a "standout among standouts" in the family car category, which also recognized popular models such as Honda Accord EX and Toyota Camry SE V-6.

The Genesis 4.6 was selected a top new pick in the premium sedan category for offering levels of performance, design and comfort for a price much less than Mercedes, BMW and Lexus. The editors wrote: "Few believed Hyundai could pull off the same trick Lexus did 20 years ago by creating a world-class luxury sedan, much less being able to sell it for a lot less than the standard bearers from Germany. Yeah, well, guess what. The Genesis is a player and fits neatly in between most mid- and full-size offerings." Others recognized in this category included the BMW 335i and Mercedes-Benz S550.

"It's an honor to be included in such a distinguished group of cars selected by some of the foremost automotive experts in the country," said Scott Margason, director, Product & Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "To have two Hyundai models make Motor Trend's list of cars to buy this year validates our hard work to create vehicles that can compete with the best-of-the-best in the auto industry."


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 more than 790 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by The Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty. In addition, the Hyundai Assurance Program is now offered on all new vehicles leased or purchased from a certified Hyundai dealer. The program is available to any consumer, regardless of age, health, employment record or financed amount of the vehicle. The program is complimentary for the first 12 months.

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