BAYTOWN, Texas, Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Hyundai marked its 3-millionth Elantra sold in the United States by commemorating the achievement of one brave individual in Baytown, Texas, a city near Houston severely impacted by flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Henry Rogers, Paramedic Field Supervisor for Acadian Ambulance, was on the front lines facing the destructive force of Hurricane Harvey by helping, and saving lives of, the most vulnerable for more than 48 hours despite leaving his family and home alone during the storm.
While performing his call of duty and rescuing several victims, Henry's wife was left to care for their three adopted children and three dogs. When the flooding waters began to enter their home, Mrs. Rogers was forced to place all three children and their dogs on the dining room table and seek help. A neighbor rescued their children and two dogs but when it came to rescue Henry's wife, the water was too high. Mrs. Rogers spent the night on the dining room table with their German shepherd as they waited for help. Henry was finally able to come home and rescue his wife and dog the next afternoon. Their home and all belongings were devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
In a ceremony at Baytown Hyundai today, Mr. Henry Rogers, was presented with a 2018 Hyundai Elantra and an Infinity Audio System for his immeasurable public service role and contribution to the community.
"We humbly mark the 3-millionth Elantra sold in the United States by honoring a local hero for his selfless service and commitment to the Baytown and Greater Houston communities, said Mike O'Brien, vice president, corporate, product and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Local heroes and first responders like Mr. Rogers are a true inspiration to all and a reflection of the best values shared by all Americans."
In the Houston area, Hyundai is committed to helping its customers and dealers recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Hyundai launched a disaster relief program that provides a $750 discount on all 2017-2018 Hyundai models for customers who had a vehicle damaged in either hurricane. In addition, Hyundai Hope On Wheels donated $200,000 to five Texas-area children's hospitals and Hyundai Motor America donated $300,000 to the American Red Cross to support the relief effort. All of Hyundai's hurricane response efforts can be found here: http://www.hyundainews.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/48774/hyundais-response-to-hurricane-harvey-and-irma
The Hyundai Elantra was first introduced in 1991 as a 1.6-liter 113-hp sedan and has become of the best-selling models, known for its significant value advantage in a highly competitive compact car segment.
In November 2010, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) began production of the fifth generation Elantra. HMMA headquartered in Montgomery, AL currently employs approximately 3,000 team members and produces the 2018 Elantra and Sonata sedans as well as the 2018 Santa Fe Sport crossover utility vehicle.
Now in its sixth generation, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra sports a bold aerodynamic design with a comprehensive suite of safety features, modern interior styling with class-above features and user-friendly technologies.
The 2018 Elantra now has six different trims to fit every shopper's personality and pocketbook. The Elantra includes a number of advanced safety technologies that encourage good driving habits such as Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control, and seven standard airbags including a driver's knee airbag.
The Elantra distinguishes itself from the compact car class with segment-first premium features such as a hands-free Smart Trunk and Infinity's Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology. Hyundai is now also offering three years of complimentary next-generation Blue Link Connected Care services for available 2018 models. Blue Link services include Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Monthly Vehicle Health Reports, and Maintenance Alerts.
Hyundai Elantra Accolades and Awards Highlights
2012 North American Car of the Year
2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick
2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick+
2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick
"Highest-Ranked Compact Car in Initial Quality" – 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey
"Highest in Overall Owner Experience with Vehicle Technology in the Compact Segment" – 2017 J.D. Power U.S. Tech Experience Index StudySM
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 through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.