Hyundai Santa Cruz named Best Compact Truck for 2022 by AutoTrader

One of Canada’s most comprehensive automotive awards program recognizes the Hyundai Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle as best-in-class

Markham, Ont. (November 16, 2021) — Since it arrived to Canadian showrooms in late-summer, the Hyundai Santa Cruz has been impressing customers with its bold design, multi-utility features, manoeuvrability, and efficiency. For these reasons and more, Hyundai’s first Sport Adventure Vehicle has been named the Best Compact Truck by AutoTrader for its annual awards program in Canada.

Winners of the 2022 AutoTrader Awards are determined by over 20 expert AutoTrader automotive journalists from all over Canada, who evaluate all 2022 model year vehicles according to 12 key criteria, with all winners being vehicles the judges would recommend to Canadian consumers without hesitation.

“The Hyundai Santa Cruz distinguished itself from its competitors with its functional capability, stand-out design and array of technology features,” says Jodi Lai, editor-in-chief, “We are excited to see automotive manufacturers continue to innovate and cater to the Canada’s most diverse consumer segment, and we are proud to be the entity that evaluates and recognizes their efforts while providing Canadians expert advice throughout their car-buying process.”

The 2022 Santa Cruz boasts bold yet sophisticated design, powerful and efficient powertrain options, a flexible open bed for gear, cutting-edge connectivity and a highly manoeuvrable all-wheel drive platform that is equally at home in urban and adventure-focused environments. Santa Cruz provides the secure utility of a compact SUV, with its comfort, passenger space, fuel efficiency and parking ease. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz was also recently awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick, a recognition earned by the vehicle performing at or above in-house development performance targets.

“I would like to thank AutoTrader’s judging panel for awarding us with this prize. This recognition illustrates Hyundai’s commitment to listening to our customers and providing vehicles and technology that go above and beyond their expectations,” says Steve Flamand, director of product and corporate strategy at Hyundai Canada. “We share this Canadian award with Hyundai’s engineering and product planning experts across the globe for successfully creating a segment-leading product for the North American market.”

NHL Partnership Announcement


Hyundai Auto Canada, Genesis Motors Canada, the NHL and the NHLPA Announce Multiyear Canadian Partnership

 Hyundai named the Official Automotive Partner of the NHL and NHLPA in Canada and Genesis will be the Official Luxury Automotive Partner of the NHL and NHLPA in Canada; Partnership Begins for 2022-23 NHL Season

 NEW YORK, NY/TORONTO, ONT./MARKHAM, ONT. (May 25, 2022) – Hyundai Auto Canada, Genesis Motors Canada, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced a multiyear partnership, naming Hyundai the Official Automotive Partner of the NHL and NHLPA in Canada, which includes the Genesis brand being the NHL and NHLPA’s Official Luxury Automotive Partner in Canada.

Launching this fall for the 2022-23 NHL season, the partnership represents the next evolution of Hyundai Canada’s ongoing commitment to driving hockey forward. Since 2010, Hyundai has supported community programs that increase access to the great game for youth in underrepresented and marginalized communities.

In collaboration with the NHL and the NHLPA, Hyundai will continue to foster its connection to hockey in Canada through NHL events including the NHL Heritage Classic™ and Stanley Cup® Playoffs, media exposure, and usage rights of the NHL name and logo, and current and former NHL Players through the NHLPA and the NHL Alumni Association. The partnership will also provide the opportunity to enrich shared corporate social responsibility initiatives through community engagement and joint projects.

“Hyundai has long been champion of Canada’s hockey community at the grassroots level. On behalf of Hyundai Auto Canada and our 252 dealers across the country, we are incredibly excited to expand on that, and at the highest level, as the NHL and NHLPA’s official automotive partner starting next season in Canada,” says Don Romano, president and CEO of Hyundai Canada. “At Hyundai, we’re always aiming to connect with our customers in meaningful ways, and this partnership with Canada’s premiere sports league provides us with an exceptional opportunity to engage with not only our customer base, but Canadians from coast-to-coast who share Hyundai’s love for hockey.”

“Genesis is delighted to be the first-ever official luxury automotive brand partner of the NHL and the NHLPA,” says Lawrence Hamilton, executive director of Genesis Motors Canada. “At Genesis, we believe to move forward, you must have a sincere connection with your audience and nothing connects Canadians quite like the game of hockey. We look forward to sharing this experience with customers and Canadians across the country over the coming years.”

“This partnership with Hyundai Canada brings together our shared love of hockey and driving joy and access to our game at all levels in all communities,” said Kyle McMann, NHL Senior Vice President, North American Business Development. “We can’t wait to dig in with Hyundai in the upcoming season and beyond and bring our brands to life while also elevating grassroots hockey. The NHL couldn’t ask for a better fit for our official Canadian automotive partner.”

“The Players are thrilled to be partnering with Hyundai Canada, a proven industry leader and a brand that is dedicated to supporting grassroots hockey and driving hockey across Canada,” said Devin Smith, NHLPA Senior Director, Marketing and Community Relations. “Every player has memories of hockey road trips. We are excited to work with Hyundai Canada by engaging Players in authentic storytelling from their hockey experiences through this exciting partnership.”

Further details about the partnership will be announced in the coming months.

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Hyundai dealerships across Canada fuel the fight against youth homelessness, donating over $100,000 to 360ºkids

  • Hyundai Canada dealerships donate over $100,000 to 360ºExperience fundraiser, to support at-risk and homeless youth, surpassing their initial goal of $75,000
  • The 360ºExperience is 360ºkids’ signature fundraising event, where participants spend a winter’s night outside, experiencing the realities youth face every day on the streets
  • Hyundai Auto Canada’s president and CEO, Don Romano and HR Director, Kirk Merrett initiated contributions by experiencing homelessness for a night as part of the 360ºExperience
  • With this donation, Hyundai Canada continues its ongoing support of 360ºkids, an organization serving over 1,488- 3,500 at-risk youth from the York Region municipalities 

MARKHAM, ONT, (Mar. 7, 2022) – Over 40 Hyundai dealerships from coast-to-coast have answered the call to address youth homelessness, donating over $100,000 to 360ºkids in support of the organization’s ninth annual 360ºExperience fundraiser in Newmarket, Ontario. During the event, participants spend a winter’s night outside experiencing the realities youth face every day on the streets, with all proceeds going to 360ºkids’ support programming for at-risk and homeless youth. 360ºkids’ vision is that every child has access to a safe home, and its mission is to help youth overcome crisis, and transition to a state of safety and stability. For the past two years, Hyundai Canada has worked closely with the organization in various charitable capacities to support local communities.

The 360ºExperience is 360ºkids’ signature fundraising event and this year’s goal was to raise $150,000. Due to COVID-19, the event took place both virtually and in-person on March 3, with virtual participants each raising a minimum of $100 and in-person participants each raising a minimum of $2,000 to participate. This year, Hyundai dealerships from across the country came together to donate over $100,000 in support of this impactful initiative. Don Romano, president and CEO of Hyundai Canada, and Kirk Merrett, director of human resources, were also among the 360ºExperience in-person participants. Merrett is on the Board of Directors for 360ºkids, having been involved with the organization for the past two years.

“Giving back to our communities is paramount for us at Go Auto, and as we look towards the next generation, we are specifically focused on organizations supporting children and youth,” says Duncan Cochrane, senior vice president, marketing and software at Go Auto. “Don Romano and Kirk Merrett raising awareness about youth homelessness is an initiative that mirrors our own core values, and so we are pleased to play a part and help combat this terrible issue.”

“I am so proud of the efforts of our dealers in making this fundraising initiative a success,” said Don Romano, president and CEO of Hyundai Canada. “360ºkids does important work that is truly life changing for the youth they serve. We are thrilled to be making this donation and humbled to be supporting an organization that creates such a tangible impact for youth in Canada.” 

Each year, 360ºkids serves anywhere from 1,488 – 3,500 youth from the York Region municipalities through a variety of programs. On any given night, there are over 300 youth in York Region without a safe place to sleep, an issue that has been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The organization helps kids in crisis with housing, employment, food security, counselling, education support and more, giving youth the skills and resources to stand on their own two feet.  

“360°kids is extremely grateful for the unbelievable support of this year’s 360°Experience by Team Hyundai Canada. They’ve done what no other organization has with this event, in terms of engagement and fundraising – a model for other organizations to follow to address such an important and often overlooked issue of youth homelessness,” said Clovis Grant, CEO of 360°kids.” I am very thankful to Hyundai Canada for helping to shed light on this need and right this wrong in our community. For a young person, being on the streets means loneliness, fear, stress, anxiety and many dreams unfulfilled. Funds raised through the 360°Experience helps 360°kids bring hope to these young people by providing them with critical supports, to help them know that their lives really do matter.”

As part of Hyundai Canada’s vision for the future and commitment to the principle of progress for humanity, the OEM is dedicated to working with organizations that unite and create brighter futures for all. Hyundai Canada will continue to support charitable activities and organizations that create impact for Canadians across the country.

Kia receives eight IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards

  • Kia Telluride, Sorento, Carnival (built after March 2021), Sportage, Seltos, and Soul each earn TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) awards when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights
  • K5 and Stinger sedans receive TOP SAFETY PICK+ honors
  • Kia ties for second most combined TSP and TSP+ vehicles in the industry for 2022

IRVINE, Calif., February 24, 2022 – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognized eight Kia vehicles – tied for second most in the industry – on its 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) and TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) awards lists. The Kia Telluride, Sorento, Seltos, Carnival built after March 2021 (with specific headlights), Sportage, and Soul (with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights) all received TSP awards. The Kia K5 and Stinger sedans qualified as TSP+ winners.

“As the Kia brand makes a momentous shift toward electrification with our next generation of vehicles, passenger safety remains a top priority,” said Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia America, Kia North America. “These eight TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ accolades from IIHS are the direct results of our commitment to delivering the highest standards for crash readiness, structural integrity and available safety systems for our customers.”

All 2022 TSP winners earned “Good” ratings in six crashworthiness tests – driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests – as well as an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention evaluations.  In addition, the vehicle must have at least one available headlight system that earns a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating.  For a TSP+ designation, the “Good” or “Acceptable” headlight system must be standard equipment.