Two vehicles by South Korea's
Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors
Corp. were Wednesday named "top safety picks" of
the year by a U.S. auto safety group, the companies said.
Hyundai's sport utility vehicle Santa Fe and Kia's K5 passenger sedan, sold as the Optima in the United States, received top marks in all categories in a safety test by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to be named best vehicles for safety, according to the companies that make up Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automotive company.
Both vehicles also received highest marks in a test to check the strength of their roofs in a rollover.
"With its winning of the safety title by the IIHS, the K5 was recognized for its safety after it was recognized for its competitive design by winning local and global design awards," the automotive group said in a press release.
"Hyundai and Kia will continue to improve its brand image in the United States with vehicles that will be the best choice in both quality and performance, as well as design."
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