FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. --- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave five-star crash test ratings, the highest government rating under the agency's New Car Assessment Program, to the all-new 2007 Hyundai Veracruz and Santa Fe for both frontal and side-impact crash tests. The 2007 Elantra also scored five stars for frontal crash performance, and Veracruz earned four stars for rollover performance. NHTSA uses a consumer-friendly ratings system --- ranging from one to five stars, with five being the highest. Sixty-three 2007 models were assessed. Categories included sport utility vehicles, heavy and light passenger cars, pickups, vans and compact and medium passenger cars. Beginning in September 2007, government star ratings will be listed on the window stickers of new vehicles. The 2007 Hyundai Veracruz received five-star frontal and side crash ratings in the sport utility vehicle segment. The Veracruz uses the latest in active and passive safety technologies, including standard electronic stability control (ESC), an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) for exceptional stopping distance for a vehicle of its size, anti-whiplash active head restraints, and six airbags with side air curtains protecting all three rows during side impacts. To absorb impacts to the passenger cabin, the Veracruz has engineered crumple zones and reinforced architecture rails, side sill frame, floor cross-members and center pillars. Additional standard safety equipment includes a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), which alerts drivers if one or more tires are under-inflated. The 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe received five-star frontal and side crash ratings in the sport utility vehicle segment. The Santa Fe comes with anti-whiplash active head restraints and six airbags such as side air curtains, which help protect occupants in all three rows during side impacts. The Santa Fe also earned four stars for both the 2- and 4-wheel drive models. "With these results for Santa Fe and Veracruz, Hyundai is pleased to offer every cross-over in its lineup, including the Tucson, with the very highest government crash-test ratings," said John Krafcik, vice president of strategic planning and product development for Hyundai Motor America.

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