COSTA MESA, Calif., August 8, 2012 – The 2012 Hyundai Accent has earned a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com’s “10 Best Back-To-School Cars for Students.” Expert editors of the distinguished source for vehicle information praise the Accent for its fresh appeal, dependability and affordability.

“From funky hatchbacks to stylish sedans, all of KBB.com’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2012 are affordable, safe and reliable, not to mention fun to drive and fuel efficient. Most importantly, these vehicles fulfill the often distinctively different set of new-car criteria of both parents and students, striking a healthy balance,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

Back-to-school can be a hectic time for parents and students, especially when car shopping is on the list. KBB.com editors have made the shopping job easier by naming the most affordable cars of 2012 based on the desires of students. In addition, all the cars on this year’s list are available for less than $16,000, according to Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price, which shows the price others in a consumer’s area typically paid for a new vehicle based on actual transaction data and updated weekly for changing market conditions.

“Accent exemplifies the quality, reliability and value that young car shoppers are looking for.” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “With advanced technology, stylish design and spectacular fuel economy, the Accent is a great option for students and parents alike.”

Since its 2012 debut, the all-new Accent has been winning-over shoppers with its expressive and distinctive fluidic sculpture design, exceptional roominess, best-in-class fuel efficiency and an array of standard safety features. In addition to its all around reliability, the Accent’s recent track record includes being named to Consumer Guide’s 2012 Automotive “Best Buy,” Motorweek’s 2012 Driver’s Choice Award list and Vincentric’s “Best Value in America” list.

For more information about KBB.com’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2012, visit http://kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-back-to-school-cars-2012/.

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HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.