Hyundai Motor America Sells One Millionth Santa Fe

              Hyundai Motor America Sells One Millionth Santa Fe

Industry Recognized, Award Winning Santa Fe Remains the Fastest Growing
Compact SUV

PR Newswire

COSTA MESA, Calif., July 31, 2013

COSTA MESA, Calif., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Since the moment it rocked
the automotive world at its introduction in September 2000, Hyundai's Santa Fe
has been a powerful player in the crossover segment. That momentum continues,
with two all-new models leading the charge to a retail sales growth rate
exceeding 40 percent through June, highlighted today by the sale of the one
millionth Santa Fe in the United States.



"When the 2001 Santa Fe launched in the United States 13 years ago, not only
was it Hyundai's first SUV, but it was one of the first compact crossovers on
the market – just behind Toyota RAV4 and Honda CRV," said John Krafcik,
president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "It was a bold move that paid off
and helped position Hyundai as a brand that could innovate in design and
package, not just value and warranty."

Prior to Santa Fe's arrival in the U.S., Hyundai was known primarily for
building inexpensive compact cars. Santa Fe opened doors to an entire new
group of car buyers and offered them a new choice in the small crossover
class. Entering the market with distinctive design, great equipment and backed
by industry leading quality, Santa Fe soon became one of the best-selling
crossovers in the industry.

Fast forward to today, and the third-generation Santa Fe continues this
trail-blazing narrative as the first U.S.-market crossover with a
two-wheelbase strategy – the two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport and the
long wheelbase three-row, six/seven passenger Santa Fe – offering Hyundai
buyers vehicle choices they can grow with through various life stages
(pre-family, family, post family).

"Santa Fe has played a significant role in Hyundai's success and growth in the
United States," Krafcik adds. "For many loyal Hyundai owners today, it was
their entry point to the brand."

The Santa Fe is an award winner and has been right from the start. From being
top-rated in the 2001 Vehicle Satisfaction Index from Auto Pacific, the first
time a Korean brand vehicle lead in a satisfaction category, to being named
in U.S. News and World Report the "Best 3-Row Midsize SUV" and "2013 Best Car
for the Money."

Santa Fe has deep American roots with assembly today taking place in West
Point, Georgia, where the majority of Santa Fes are now produced. Previously,
Santa Fe was built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing in Montgomery, Alabama,
where today Sonata and Elantra are built. This year, Hyundai will make nearly
500,000 vehicles in the U.S., and sell over 700,000 vehicles here, a
remarkably high ratio of U.S. production to U.S. sales. For a historical look
at Santa Fe, please visit


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, 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 820 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 limited warranty; Hyundai's
10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of
complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance
Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the
Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care
services complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic
Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic
Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit

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