Hyundai Ranked Highest Non-Premium In J. D. Power APEAL Study

        Hyundai Ranked Highest Non-Premium In J. D. Power APEAL Study

Accent Ranks Highest in Small Car Segment

PR Newswire

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 23, 2014

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --J.D. Power designated
2014 Accent as its most appealing small car in its 2014 Automotive
Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study released today. Hyundai is
also the highest-ranked non-premium brand in the J.D. Power 2014 Initial
Quality Study^SM (IQS), marking the first time a nameplate has ranked highest
among non-premium brands in both APEAL and IQS in the same year. In its 19^th
year, the APEAL study examines owners' assessments of the design, content,
layout and performance of their new vehicle. Vehicles and their brands are
scored on a 1,000 point scale.


Just one month ago, in the acclaimed J.D. Power Initial Quality (IQS) study,
Hyundai was the highest ranked non-premium brand and the Genesis, Elantra and
Accent all received awards in their respective segments. In this year's APEAL
study, Hyundai again claimed top spot among non-premium brands while improving
five spots among all brands to rank 13^th overall.

"We are so pleased to see the recognition that Accent has received in this
year's J.D. Power APEAL study," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, corporate
and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "And it's especially gratifying
coming on the heels of our best-ever IQS showing just one month ago."

Additionally, in the tightest race in the study, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata
finished third by just two points – 819 v. 821 – in the midsize car segment.
The Hyundai Veloster finished second in the Compact Sporty Car segment. "We
expect the all-new 2015 Sonata to do even better next year," O'Brien added.
This is the highest Hyundai has ever ranked in the APEAL study.


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, 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 Blue Link Connected Care provides
owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with
proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with
enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced
Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report
and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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