This week Hyundai commemorates selling over 3-million Elantra’s in the U.S. by recognizing the selfless achievement of one brave individual in Baytown, Texas – a severely impacted by flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
In a ceremony at Baytown Hyundai, Mr. Henry Rogers, a Paramedic Field Supervisor for Acadian Ambulance, was presented a 2018 Hyundai Elantra and an Infinity Audio System from Hyundai – in recognition of his commitment to his community in the first 48 hours following Hurricane Harvey hitting the Baytown area.
“We humbly mark the 3-millionth Elantra sold in the United States by honoring a local hero for his selfless service and commitment to the Baytown and Greater Houston communities, said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate, product and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Local heroes and first responders like Mr. Rogers are a true inspiration to all and a reflection of the best values shared by all Americans.”
Henry Rogers, was on the front lines facing the destructive force of Hurricane Harvey, helping and saving lives of the community’s most vulnerable for more than 48 hours despite leaving his family and home alone during the storm.
While performing his call of duty and rescuing several victims, the Roger’s family home and all of their belongings were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.
During those critical first hours, Henry’s wife was left to care for their three adopted children and three dogs. When the flooding waters began to enter their home, Mrs. Rogers was forced to place all three children and their dogs on the dining room table and seek help. A neighbor rescued their children and two dogs but when it came to rescue Henry’s wife, the water was too high. Mrs. Rogers spent the night on the dining room table with their German shepherd as they waited for help. In an ironic twist, it was Henry who was finally able to come home and rescue his wife and dog the next afternoon.
Hyundai Disaster Response Harvey and Irma
In the Houston area, Hyundai has announced they are committed to helping customers and dealers recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in several ways.
Hyundai launched a disaster relief program that provides a $750 discount on all 2017-2018 Hyundai models for customers who had a vehicle damaged in either hurricane. In addition, the Hyundai Hope On Wheels program donated $200,000 to five Texas-area children’s hospitals while Hyundai Motor America donated $300,000 to the American Red Cross to support the relief effort.
Complete detail of Hyundai’s hurricane response efforts can be found here: http://www.hyundainews.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/48774/hyundais-response-to-hurricane-harvey-and-irma
Hyundai Elantra History
The Hyundai Elantra was first introduced in 1991as a 1.6-liter 113-hp sedan and has become of the best-selling models, known for its significant value advantage in a highly competitive compact car segment.
In November 2010, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) began production of the fifth generation Elantra. HMMA headquartered in Montgomery, AL currently employs approximately 3,000 team members and produces the 2018 Elantra and Sonata sedans as well as the 2018 Santa Fe Sport crossover utility vehicle.
Now in its sixth generation, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra sports a bold aerodynamic design with a comprehensive suite of safety features, modern interior styling with class-above features and user-friendly technologies.
The 2018 Elantra now has six different trims to fit every shopper’s personality and pocketbook. The Elantra includes a number of advanced safety technologies that encourage good driving habits such as Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control, and seven standard airbags including a driver’s knee airbag.
The Elantra distinguishes itself from the compact car class with segment-first premium features such as a hands-free Smart Trunk and Infinity’s Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology. Hyundai is now also offering three years of complimentary next-generation Blue Link Connected Care services for available 2018 models. Blue Link services include Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Monthly Vehicle Health Reports, and Maintenance Alerts.
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