In a bid to show that the quality of their cars are the same regardless of where it is made, Hyundai has crash-tested a US made Sonata against a Korean Domestic Market (KDM) Sonata, after receiving complains from local customers about the quality of their cars. A 7.32 minute video clip was released on YouTube to document the results.
It seems a 2015MY Sonata Turbo US-spec in Venetian Red assembled in Alabama, United States, and a 2015MY Sonata Turbo KDM-spec in Lakeside Blue paint made in Asan, South Korea, was used in the 56 km/h frontal collision crash-test to prove that Hyundai does not condone double standards.
The crash-test was conducted after a survey was done which found 74 percent of the respondents saying that there would be differences in safety between the domestic and overseas built models.
The results proved that there weren’t any differences between the two as the crash-test dummies sustained the same degree of injuries. Local automotive industry expert and bloggers is said to have confirmed that there weren’t any differences in steel stiffness too.