MARKHAM, ON, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - The US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2011 Hyundai Elantra a "TOP SAFETY PICK"— achieving the highest rating of "Good" in all crash test categories including front, side, rollover and rear crash protection.

IIHS recently evaluated 13 small cars with Elantra being one of the six to be named a "TOP SAFETY PICK."  The 2011 Elantra, with a standard 4.9 L/100 km highway fuel economy rating, demonstrates that vehicles don't have to compromise efficiency for safety.

The 2011 Elantra takes compact car safety to the next level with the introduction of Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). Similar to the one found in the Hyundai Equus, VSM optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS). Elantra features six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbag.

The Elantra also features a state-of-the-art braking package including 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 vehicle loading conditions.

"Hyundai is committed to applying the most effective vehicle safety technologies and the all-new Elantra is no exception," said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "The 2011 Elantra is proving that compact cars can be fuel efficient while offering tremendous safety."

Hyundai Auto Canada, established in 1983 and headquartered in Markham Ontario, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout Canada by Hyundai Auto Canada and are sold and serviced through 200 dealerships nationwide.

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SOURCE Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

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