Safety first for Hyundai

Two completely different Hyundai models have been rated among the safest cars on the road by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The IIHS’s 2016 Top Safety Pick+ Awards went to Hyundai’s Genesis and Tucson models after they were assessed and compared to other vehicles during five safety evaluations: small overlap front crash; moderate overlap front crash; side and roof strength; head restraint tests; and a front crash prevention system.

Jin (James) Kim, vice president and head of operations at Hyundai Motor Company Africa and Middle East, said, ‘Our company’s emphasis on safety is once again highlighted as two very different models, one an SUV and one a luxury sedan, are internationally recognised for their advanced safety technologies.

‘The features which I think have helped us secure these awards are elements such as the autonomous emergency braking feature, lane departure warning with lane keep assist and the emergency brake assist offering.”

The Genesis is equipped with ESC, Lane Departure Warning System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution, Lane Change Assist and a rear-view camera. The vehicle includes Sensory Surround Safety Technologies that help driver-alertness.

The Tucson, with more than 50% of its structure advanced high-strength steel, is also extremely safety-conscious. It features AEB with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Warning System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Backup Warning Sensors and a standard rearview camera.