Hyundai Donates Vehicles to Public School Driver’s Education Programs

MONTGOMERY, Ala., August 18, 2011 – Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA) demonstrated its continued support for education and safe driving today by providing (6) 2012 Sonatas and (3) 2012 Elantras for use in driver’s education programs in three Alabama county high schools.  Bullock, Macon and Montgomery Counties High Schools received the vehicles at the Hyundai Alabama plant.  Over 1,600 students per year will benefit from the use of these vehicles in their driver’s safety programs.  The new sedans replace (9) 2006 Sonata sedans that were loaned to the high schools in 2006.

“We understand there is a great need for new vehicles in the public school safe driving programs and are pleased to continue to provide these vehicles to assist in Alabama’s drivers-ed programs,” said Y.D. Lim, President and Chief Executive Officer of HMMA.  “This donation is a part of our continuing efforts to support education in Alabama.”

 “School driver education programs are essential in developing today’s students into tomorrow’s safe, courteous and defensive drivers,” said Rick Neal, vice president Administration and General Counsel. “HMMA’s donation of these extremely safe, high quality, and fuel efficient vehicles will not only help to keep driver education programs operational at these high schools, but will keep the student’s as safe as they can be during the learning process, and will save the schools money in fuel costs and operational expenses.”

“We are very grateful and honored by the donation of these wonderful automobiles to our driver’s education program,” said MPS Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson. “The students not only get the benefit of these fantastic cars, but they know that people and companies in the community care about them. We appreciate Hyundai for not only this donation, but their commitment to education partnerships and support of our schools.”

“On behalf of the Bullock County School District, I want to express my appreciation to you and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama for your generous donation of a driver education vehicle,” said Keith Stewart, Superintendent of Bullock County Schools.  “Without your support, Bullock County High School would not have been able to offer driver education to its students.  Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama has always been a valued supporter of the Bullock County School District and this gift is further evidence of that support.”

Neal added, “Hyundai is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the River Region, with a genuine interest in safety and education in Alabama.  And this is another example of our commitment to the schools and the students of these Alabama communities.”

Recipients of the vehicles for use in driver’s education courses will install a brake on the front passenger side for the course instructor.

ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES

Both Sonata and Elantra were built from the ground up with safety in mind, with a hot stamped ultra-high-strength steel body structure, advanced airbag technology and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), delivering on Hyundai’s commitment to both active and passive safety technology leadership. Every 2012 Sonata and Elantra has lifesaving ESC as standard equipment. This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that ESC results in 35 percent fewer single-vehicle crashes and 30 percent fewer single-vehicle fatalities in passenger cars.

The Sonata and Elantra also feature a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on the vehicle loading conditions.

Sonata and Elantra feature six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags—along with active front-seat head restraints. Other passive safety features include shingle-style rear-seat head restraints for improved visibility, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front-seat seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters.  These safety features make the vehicles perfectly suited for students who are just learning how to drive.