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Hyundai double dunks awards

22 June 2006
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Hyundai double dunks awards

Two Hyundai vehicles have received top marks in their class from drivers assessing them on performance, comfort and safety.

The 2006 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards have recognised the Hyundai Santa Fe as the top mid-size SUV, the fifth time the vehicle has claimed top spot. The Hyundai Azera, or Grandeur in New Zealand, has been recognised with first place in the large car category.

The Grandeur also earned the highest overall satisfaction rating among cars from owners.

To determine rankings in the vehicle satisfaction awards AutoPacific examines data collected from 24,000 people buying or leasing vehicles between September and December 2005.

The ranking for the Santa Fe applies to the previous model. Hyundai is confident the latest model will easily maintain the SUV’s ranking as number one.

“There are so many improvements and new features on the latest model from the ground up we are sure there will be thousands of very satisfied customers in coming months and years,” said Hyundai New Zealand Managing Director, Philip Eustace.

He said the satisfaction ratings for the Grandeur were particularly pleasing, given the esteemed company the car competed in.

“In its first year on the market it achieves not only a class win, but the highest scoring passenger car ahead of such esteemed luxury brands as Lexus and Mercedes S-Class.

“These are vehicles that are up to twice the price, so it really is quite a feat to fulfil the role of a luxury vehicle of such high quality without the stinging price tag.”


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