Hyundai Motor America Takes Home Two 2017 Ruedas ESPN Awards

Hyundai Motor America Takes Home Two 2017 Ruedas ESPN Awards

Sonata named Best Midsize Sedan and Elantra GT Best Hatchback


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The leading Spanish-language automotive radio show, Ruedas ESPN, named the 2018 Hyundai Sonata best midsize sedan and the 2018 Elantra GT best hatchback, both leading vehicles within the Hyundai lineup for Hispanics.  The Ruedas ESPN executive committee was responsible for generating the nominations. Their industry expert group of jurors selected the winners in fourteen categories.  The Ruedas ESPN Awards were presented this year at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

“The stylish, value-oriented 2018 Hyundai Sonata and 2018 Elantra GT are affordable, versatile, and fun to drive with fresh exterior designs, enhanced infotainment, convenience and safety technologies,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “It’s an honor for the Hyundai brand to receive this recognition from Ruedas ESPN, reflecting how we are delivering on both the practical and lifestyle needs of our Hispanic customers.”

Adds Jaime Florez, director and host of Ruedas ESPN, “Hyundai continues to deliver an appealing combination of bold design, comfort, functionality and advanced safety technologies. The 2018 Sonata and Elantra GT offer competitive safety features which are important to Hispanic consumers.” 

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Defining the benchmark for mid-sized sedans, the redesigned 2018 Sonata builds on the success of previous generations while introducing a number of dramatic design changes, resulting in a bolder, more sophisticated exterior, segment leading interior space and standard safety features including blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert.  The 2018 Hyundai Sonata earned the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s highest accolade for safety, receiving a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and dynamic bending headlights.

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The all-new 2018 Elantra GT adds a more aggressive stance, an attention-grabbing new cascading grille design and interior volume to its clean European style and driving dynamics. Excellent functionality in terms of roominess, visibility and comfort is complemented by a sensuous and confident design expression and fun to drive element.


Ruedas ESPN is the leading automotive radio show in Spanish in the United States, broadcast live on ESPN Deportes Radio, a network of 44 radio stations in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as SIRIUS and XM Channel 157. For two hours every Sunday, from 12 to 2 PM EST, thousands of Hispanics all over the country tune their radios on ESPN Deportes Radio, to listen to Jaime Florez, Niky Pauli and Sergio Rodriguez and share with them their common passions: cars, engines, anything on wheels and the latest information on automotive sports.


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

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Hyundai Motor America Takes Home Two 2017 Ruedas ESPN Awards