Hyundai Santa Fe Rated Top Compact SUV In Vehicle Satisfaction Index

- Hyundai Is the First Korean Brand to Lead a Satisfaction Category -



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Hyundai Motor America

    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hyundai Santa Fe
 sport utility vehicle is the top-rated vehicle in the Compact SUV Segment in
 AutoPacific's 2001 Vehicle Satisfaction Index.  "This is the first time a
 Korean brand vehicle has lead in a satisfaction category and is a testament to
 the excellent progress Hyundai is making in product development," said
 George Peterson, founder and president of AutoPacific.
     "Hyundai's other products have improved as well," Peterson added.
 "Hyundai is rated ahead of brands like Porsche, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and has
 moved up substantially in the ratings.  Hyundai Santa Fe is another one of
 those very pleasant surprises.  It's larger, more refined and more
 accommodating than you think and a real credit to a brand that has worked hard
 to meet the specific needs and requirements of the U.S. market.  It isn't a
 matter of the Koreans are coming; they are already here big-time.  Hyundai
 products are all moving up in AutoPacific's ratings," he said.
     "We are proud that the Hyundai Santa Fe has won the Compact Sport Utility
 category in the AutoPacific VSS study," said Finbarr O'Neill, president and
 CEO of Hyundai Motor America.  "This is a great product.  It is really making
 people standup and take a look at Hyundai.  Consumers are responding to the
 combination of quality, value and America's Best Warranty on the Santa Fe."
     The VSS ratings record customer satisfaction with vehicles overall, as
 well as with some 50 features important to a vehicle's operation, comfort and
 safety.  More than 34,000 owners of new 2001 vehicles acquired
 September-November 2000 were surveyed for the study.  In addition to
 establishing segment winners, VSS also establishes numerical ratings for
 virtually every passenger car and light truck in the North American market.
 
     Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a
 subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea.  Hyundai vehicles are distributed in
 the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more
 than 500 Hyundai dealers nationwide.
 
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    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hyundai Santa Fe
 sport utility vehicle is the top-rated vehicle in the Compact SUV Segment in
 AutoPacific's 2001 Vehicle Satisfaction Index.  "This is the first time a
 Korean brand vehicle has lead in a satisfaction category and is a testament to
 the excellent progress Hyundai is making in product development," said
 George Peterson, founder and president of AutoPacific.
     "Hyundai's other products have improved as well," Peterson added.
 "Hyundai is rated ahead of brands like Porsche, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and has
 moved up substantially in the ratings.  Hyundai Santa Fe is another one of
 those very pleasant surprises.  It's larger, more refined and more
 accommodating than you think and a real credit to a brand that has worked hard
 to meet the specific needs and requirements of the U.S. market.  It isn't a
 matter of the Koreans are coming; they are already here big-time.  Hyundai
 products are all moving up in AutoPacific's ratings," he said.
     "We are proud that the Hyundai Santa Fe has won the Compact Sport Utility
 category in the AutoPacific VSS study," said Finbarr O'Neill, president and
 CEO of Hyundai Motor America.  "This is a great product.  It is really making
 people standup and take a look at Hyundai.  Consumers are responding to the
 combination of quality, value and America's Best Warranty on the Santa Fe."
     The VSS ratings record customer satisfaction with vehicles overall, as
 well as with some 50 features important to a vehicle's operation, comfort and
 safety.  More than 34,000 owners of new 2001 vehicles acquired
 September-November 2000 were surveyed for the study.  In addition to
 establishing segment winners, VSS also establishes numerical ratings for
 virtually every passenger car and light truck in the North American market.
 
     Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a
 subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea.  Hyundai vehicles are distributed in
 the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more
 than 500 Hyundai dealers nationwide.
 
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