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Hyundai Sonata American and Korean models crash tested head-on to disprove double standards

Hyundai Sonata US and Korean model crash test

The video shows that the extent of damage is identical on both variants, thereby disproving the double standard claims.

The fast growing auto giant Hyundai has been facing a serious accusation from its customers in the home market of South Korea. A good number of Hyundai customers, especially Sonata owners, from the Asian country have been expressing unhappiness over the quality of their cars. It was suspected that Hyundai is adopting double standards by offering better quality (read safer) products in the US and other international markets than what is available in South Korea.

Determined to prove to that there are no double standards in play, the automaker orchestrated a public crash test in its home market in August, involving US-Spec and Korea-spec Hyundai Sonata sedans. The crash test involved the American model (red car) and Korean model (blue car) colliding head-on (0% offset) while travelling at equal speeds.

The objective of the test is to demonstrate that the crash performance of the domestic model is identical to that of the one available in international markets. Going by the video, Hyundai seems to have successfully driven home the point. The car maker would be hoping that this video would finally put the South Korean customers’ skepticism to rest.

We wonder if car manufacturers in India are open to staging a similar crash test of comparable India-spec and international-spec models (like Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Swift, Hyundai Creta, etc) to demonstrate the equality of the products. Perhaps not!

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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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  • msbangalore

    They would not dare to test Indian models 🙂 Everyone knows the result, if they did!!

    • Fake Name

      They would lose money doing a test that provides the same results.

  • aanji

    Why this discussion here even? Only a few people keep ranting about safety features. Most people are either unaware Or concerned least. The disparity shown by almost all car manufacturers in product quality in India Vs the international version of same model is very evident and that is the only model any newly entering manufacturer also plans for. The Govt too seems to be comfortable in this despite multiple forums and organizations efforts advising to make a change.

    You know what? Let’s forget all these and get on the road by evening as usual.