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Hyundai Impresses New England Motor Press, Wins Winter Awards for Santa Fe and Kona

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In New England, winter is serious business, which is why it is such a big deal for the Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Kona to receive top Winter Vehicle Awards from the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA).

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More specifically, the Santa Fe was awarded the title of Best in Class Mid-Size SUV and the Kona was given the title of Green Car of the Year.

This is especially exciting to Hyundai as it labors to expand its crossover and SUV lineup to suit the crossover-hungry North American market, with Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning for Hyundai Motor America saying, “These awards from NEMPA highlights Hyundai’s commitment to excellence in our growing CUV lineup. Santa Fe’s AWD system includes Torque-Vectoring Active Cornering Control to provide greater peace of mind in a variety of driving conditions. Kona’s 1.6L Turbo is not only powerful, it also delivers outstanding fuel efficiency.”

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The “green” qualities of the Kona grow when you consider that the Kona Electric, after initial sales only in California in the fall, is set to roll out to zero-emissions-focused states in the West and Northeast.

For the awards, vehicles are evaluated during the winter months to determine which can stand up and function in the brutal Northeastern snows — NEMPA describes the conditions as “some of the toughest driving conditions and in one of the most densely populated and geographically distinct regions in America.” Winning vehicles display good winter-specific features and options, while also offering safe and enjoyable all-weather driving.