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Hyundai Veracruz Earns 'Best New Family Vehicle' Honors From Kelley Blue Booke


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    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 5 -- Kelley Blue Book named the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz to its first list of "Best New Family Vehicles."

    From a long list of vehicles, the expert editors of Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com selected this year's 10 Best New Family Vehicles by evaluating each on factors such as safety, interior space, price, resale value, fuel efficiency, capability and, importantly, kid-friendliness.

    "If you're intrigued by the idea of treating your family to premium accommodations at mass-market prices, you'll want to check out the seven-passenger Veracruz mid-size crossover," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst, Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. "The quiet, comfortable, well-appointed Veracruz starts just under $28,000, offers a long list of desirable options and is backed by a reassuringly comprehensive warranty that includes 100,000-mile powertrain coverage and five-year, 24-hour roadside assistance."

    When introduced in 2007, the all-new seven-passenger Veracruz took the auto industry by storm, raising the bar on what consumers could expect in the premium, midsize crossover segment. Building on that momentum, the Veracruz got even better in 2008, adding an all-new navigation system, designed for Hyundai by LG, one of the world's leading electronics manufacturers. The Veracruz comes with a standard 3.8-liter V6 engine, a third row seat, an AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio(R)/CD/MP3 audio system that includes six speakers, as well as plenty of advanced safety equipment. The Veracruz utilizes the latest in active and passive safety technologies, including standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) for impressive stopping distance for a vehicle of its size, anti-whiplash active front head restraints and six airbags with side air curtains that protect all three rows during side impacts. The vehicle also received the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) five-star frontal and side crash ratings in the sport utility vehicle segment.

    HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

    Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif. is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 780 Hyundai dealerships nationwide.

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