Hyundai Kona/Courtesy of Hyundai Motor

Subcompact SUV recognized for its excellence

The New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) recently recognized the Hyundai Kona as Best-in-Class Subcompact SUV for two years in succession.

Hyundai Motor said June 12 that the Kona keeps gaining awards from across the world. The model is also the 2019 North American Utility of the Year.

Kona continues to rack up awards as a testament to its product excellence,” Hyundai Vice President Mike O’Brien said.

Kona sets the benchmark for its segment, with a 1.6L Turbo combining outstanding efficiency and robust power along with cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading available safety features.”

During the winter months, NEMPA members evaluate many vehicles to determine which prove their ability and agility in some of the toughest driving conditions in the United States.

They also test all the models in densely populated and geographically-distinct regions in the world’s second-largest automotive market.

That’s why the recognition is called the “Winter Vehicle Awards.”

Vehicles selected for the Winter Vehicle Awards offer a combination of winter-specific features and options plus the dynamic qualities that make for safe, enjoyable, and competent all-weather driving,” a Hyundai official said.

The Kona was specifically called out for its confident handling and winter-friendly amenities by NEMPA members.”

Texas Motor Press Association also included the Hyundai Kona as 10 Best Truck and SUV, Crossover of the Year and U.S. News & World Report picked the model as Best Subcompact SUV for the Money.

Hyundai is Korea’s largest automaker. Along with its sister company Kia Motors, Hyundai is the flagship unit of Hyundai Motor Group, the country’s No. 2 conglomerate chasing only Samsung Group.


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