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Hyundai Trio Receives Nhtsa 5-star Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded Hyundai's captivating trio five-star crash test ratings and that is the highest government rating under the agency's New Car Assessment Program.

The all-new Hyundai Veracruz and Santa Fe were awarded the highest ratings for both frontal and side-impact crash tests. The 2007 Elantra, on the other hand, scored five stars for frontal crash performance. The Veracruz garnered four stars for rollover performance.

The NHTSA uses a consumer-friendly ratings system that ranges from one to five stars with five stars being the highest. Along the Hyundai trio is 63 other 2007 models. These models were assessed according to their categories and performance. Categories include sport utility vehicles, heavy and light passenger cars, pickups, vans and compact and medium passenger cars. Starting this September, NHTSA's star ratings will be listed on the window of new vehicles.

The 2007 Hyundai Veracruz received a five-star frontal and side crash ratings in the sport utility vehicle segment. The vehicle showcases its sophisticated auto features that include the latest in active and passive safety technologies including the standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) for notable stopping distance.

The automaker said that the Veracruz, compared to vehicles of its size, is powerful, efficient and safe. It also features anti-whiplash active head restraints and six airbags with side air curtains protecting all three rows during side impacts to ensure safety of the occupants. To absorb impacts to the passenger cabin, the Hyundai engineers gave the vehicle crumple zones and reinforced architecture rails, floor cross-members, side sill frame, and center pillars. Additional standard safety equipment includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which alerts drivers if the tires are under inflated.

Aside from safety features, the Hyundai Veracruz is stunning inside out. Auto parts and accessories integrated to the car are exceptional. The vehicle uses catchy accessories which are as equally-striking as the Nissan door handle. This is to emphasize the beauty and functionality of the Veracruz.

The 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe is given five-star frontal and side crash ratings in the SUV segment. The Santa Fe ranks above the Toyota RAV4 and FJ Cruiser models. The Santa Fe is equipped with the latest standard safety equipment including anti-whiplash active head restraints and six airbags such as side air curtains, which is designed to protect occupants in all three rows during side impacts. The Hyundai Santa Fe SUV also received a higher rollover rating than the Honda Element with four stars for both the 2- and 4-wheel drive models.

"With these results for Santa Fe and Veracruz, Hyundai is pleased to offer every cross-over in its lineup, including the Tucson, with the very highest government crash-test ratings," said John Krafcik, the vice president of Strategic Planning and Product Development for Hyundai Motor America.

The 2007 Hyundai Elantra was awarded five-star frontal and four-star side crash ratings in the compact passenger car segment. In the ratings, Elantra beat the Toyota Prius model. The all-new Hyundai Elantra showcase life-saving safety features with six standard airbags, including two advanced front airbags, two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and two side curtain airbags protecting front- and rear-seat outboard passengers. The vehicle also earned a four-star rollover rating for 2-wheel drive.

"Hyundai leads all popular car brands in the standard application of Electronic Stability Control - the most important life-saving technology since the seat belt," said Krafcik. "These excellent crash test results demonstrate that Hyundai vehicles also protect their drivers and passengers in the event they can't avoid a crash situation."

About The Author Ryan Thomas is a native of Denver, Colorado. He grew up in a family of car afficionados. He now resides in Detroit where he owns a service shop and works part time as a consultant for a local automotive magazine.
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