COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2012 – Hyundai ranks as the number two brand in terms of vehicle health, according to the second annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™ Manufacturer & Vehicle Rankings. Additionally, Hyundai has the lowest average repair cost among the Top 10 manufacturers and has five models in the Top 100 vehicles list (2011 Santa Fe, 2010 Genesis, 2010 Sonata, 2009 Sonata and 2009 Santa Fe).
“Hyundai has clearly gone above and beyond to design reliable vehicles to last longer with a lower cost of ownership for the people who drive them,” said Art Jacobsen, vice president, CarMD. “While there are many reliable vehicles to choose from, being included on the CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™ Rankings and Lists puts Hyundai among the top 5 percent of all vehicles on the road today.”
“Hyundai’s rise to the top tier of manufacturers can really be traced back to their engineering,” said CarMD.com editors. “Their vehicles are designed with service and maintenance taken into consideration. This leads to lower average repair costs and greatly helps their scoring.”
Hyundai’s Vehicle Health Index score improved from 0.85 to 0.67 this year, the exact score that earned Toyota the No.1-ranked manufacturer spot in 2011. The Index is based on the combined fewest average repair incidents and lowest average repair costs for model year 2002 to 2012.
Based on more than 163,000 specific repairs performed from Sept. 1, 2011 to Sept. 1, 2012, the Index encompasses approximately 136 million vehicles. The CarMD Index ranks the top 10 manufacturers, top 100 vehicles, top three vehicles by category and most prevalent repairs by make.
“Hyundai’s ranking on CarMD’s Vehicle Health Index reinforces the strength of our brand and the reliability of our vehicles,” Frank Ferrara, executive vice president, Customer Satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. “Our dedication to customer service and quality vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance – Hyundai’s commitment to the enduring value of every vehicle we build.”
For more information on CarMD, including the complete Index, methodology and archived data, visit http://corp.carmd.com.
CarMD.com Corporation is a leading provider of automotive information and products. The mission of Irvine, Calif.-based CarMD.com Corporation is to empower consumers and the vehicle market by providing the tools and information needed to make better-educated decisions about their vehicles’ health and maintenance. An ISO 9001:2008-certified company, CarMD’s premiere product is the CarMD® Vehicle Health System™. The company has built the largest, most up-to-date database of diagnostic trouble codes, expert fixes and repair costs, which it uses to compile its annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™. For more information about the company, visit www.CarMD.com. For the complete 2012 CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™: Manufacturer & Vehicle Rankings, visit http://corp.carmd.com.
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 820 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.