May 21, 2002


Hyundai makes mid-year changes to Santa Fe SUV

Fountain Valley, California – Based on requests from its customers, Hyundai has made some mid-year changes to the compact Santa Fe SUV, first introduced in the Fall of 2000.

“Our Santa Fe buyers told us they wanted a power sunroof. We listened and now it is an available option,” said Finbarr O’Neill, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “Other changes requested by owners such as relocating the clock to the centre stack, larger air conditioning vents, and adding gas-power hood struts have been made as well. And even with these and other enhancements, the pricing remains the same,” he added.

Mid-year changes for the Santa Fe include a revised centre dashboard fascia that features the relocated clock (moved from its former overhead position) and larger air conditioning vents, illuminated power window switches, illuminated glove box interior, gas-charged struts for the hood, revised, easier-to-use rear seat recliner and folding mechanism, two outboard ISOFIX child seat anchors, improved map lamp and overhead console design, chrome PRNDL surround and shift lever button, and chromed inside door handles and parking brake knob.

For the second year in a row, the Hyundai Santa Fe has been named the best mid-size sport utility vehicle in the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Survey (VSS). The Santa Fe was the first Korean vehicle ever to win this prestigious award when it topped the list last year. For 2002 the Santa Fe tied for first place with the Toyota Highlander.

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