HYUNDAI MAINTAINS NO. 1 SPOT FOR BRAND LOYALTY ON KBB.COM
Q3 2011 Marks Hyundai’s Second Consecutive Quarter on Top
COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2011– Innovative product introductions like the all-new Elantra, Accent and Veloster are bringing Hyundai owners back to dealerships. Kelley Blue Book reported that Hyundai upheld its No. 1 spot for brand loyalty on www.kbb.com for Q3 2011, marking its second consecutive quarter as the top automotive brand. Kbb.com defines brand loyalty as “owners of the brand who are currently shopping the same brand for their next vehicle.”
“Hyundai owners truly love their cars, so it’s no surprise that their support has pushed us to the top of kbb.com’s brand loyalty rankings,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “From all-new models like the 40 mile-per-gallon 2012 Veloster, to popular models such as Sonata, Elantra and Accent, we continually offer our customers more reasons to remain loyal to our vehicles and our brand.”
Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence examines brand loyalty while consumers are still in the shopping phase. For this analysis, the team reviewed data from consumers who view a trade-in page or private party page in addition to a new-car page on Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com.
“Hyundai’s loyalty has been relatively high over the past couple of years because owners have been impressed with the level of quality received for the price paid,” said Arthur Henry, market intelligence manager for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com. “However, Hyundai loyalty is now stronger than any other brand because of the impressive and well-received styling of their recently launched and redesigned models.”
For Q3 2011, Hyundai’s brand loyalty was at 48 percent, with Toyota at 47.9 percent and Subaru at 45.9 percent. Rounding out the top-five brands for Q3 2011 are Kia in the fourth spot at 45.3 percent and Ford in fifth at 45.2 percent.
Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
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HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through about 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.