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Hyundai has most Top Safety Pick vehicles for second year

Published:Sunday | January 20, 2019 | 12:00 AM

For the second year in a row, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that Hyundai has the most combined Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick-rated vehicles in the automotive industry. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is taking home its first ever TSP award, bringing Hyundai's total to an industry-best 10 awards. No other automaker can match this level of safety.

"To repeat with the most number of awards in the industry is a great accomplishment," said Andy Freels, president, Hyundai America Technical Centre. "Our blend of advanced safety features and structural engineering truly offers something that our owners and new car shoppers can really appreciate."

To qualify for a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.

"Hyundai and its engineering team continue to make vehicles even safer with the addition of active standard safety features, prioritising cutting-edge safety and convenience at the forefront of the driving experience," said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "With Hyundai SmartSense introducing features like forward collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning, blind-spot collision warning, lane keeping assist and more, our latest vehicles deliver a sophisticated network of tools to ensure greater peace of mind."

With the addition of Ioniq PHEV, Hyundai stays atop the industry with 10 new models that are rated Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick when equipped with front crash prevention and specific headlights. The 2019 Kona, Elantra (built after September 2018), Sonata and Sonata Hybrid, and Santa Fe all earned the organisation's highest rating, while the Elantra GT, Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, Accent, Santa Fe XL, and Tucson received a Top Safety Pick rating when equipped with optional front crash protection and specific headlights.