Hyundai CEO John Krafcik Wins Global Auto News 'Chairman's Award'

Mar 08, 2011, 10:44 ET from Hyundai Motor America

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, has received the Global Auto News "Chairman's Award for 2010."  Krafcik was joined by fellow nominees Ernst Lieb, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA and Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North America in the final selection process.  


"John Krafcik defines what we mean by 'go-to' executive, appearing at auto shows, press events and public automotive events across America," said Bill McCallum, publisher, Global Auto News.  "John and his team have put Hyundai on the fast-track for success with increased sales and market share for a number of years.  Under John's leadership in 2010, Hyundai reached many milestones, including record sales, record market share and more than 200,000 Hyundai Sonata units sold."

The Global Auto News "Chairman's Award" panel of judges consists of journalists from across the U.S. with 177 years of combined industry experience.  

The Hyundai Sonata has positioned Hyundai as a legitimate contender in the race for the top selling car in the midsize segment.  Maintaining their successful momentum into 2011, Krafcik and his design team continue to introduce new Hyundai models to the market with vehicles like the 2011 Elantra with best-in-class standard fuel economy of 40 mpg and the cutting edge, 3-door coupe 2012 Veloster.


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 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. 

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