Hyundai Nexo, a hydrogen fuel cell SUV for the first time at CES 2018, received the first safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
the prize , Announced Thursday, Marks the first two. Nexo is the first fuel cell car to receive the first Safety Award from IIHS. Then again, it is also the first fuel cell vehicle ever inspected by IIHS.
Best Safety Award + Award for the 2019 Hyundai Nexo cars that were manufactured after June 2019, when the car maker modified the headlights to provide better visibility through curves. Any Nexo compounds produced before June still get high marks, but they are below the first prize. Instead, they are eligible for the IIHS Safety Award. Nexo joins other Hyundai and Kia cars for 2019 to win Safety + Best Awards, including Hyundai Elantra, Kia Niro hybrid and Kia Soul.
Nexo market is small right now. Within the United States, the new car, priced at $ 58,300, is only sold in California. Deliveries to California residents began in December 2018. The car has been available to customers in Korea since early 2018.
Normally, such a limited vehicle will not be included in the routine schedule of IIHS, the organization said. Hyundai nominated the car for testing. IIHS says it also ended up benefiting because it gave the organization an early opportunity to evaluate a hydrogen fuel cell car.
Getting the Best Safety Award + is not easy. The vehicle should get good ratings in the small driver-side interference tests, the small front-end interface on the passenger side, moderate front-side and side-side interference tests, roof strength, and head restraint. It also needs an advanced or superior rating for frontal collision prevention and a good headlight rating.
The American Institute of Used Cars said, "Nexo," a medium-sized luxury SUV, has good ratings in all six merit tests. The standard Nexo Front Collision Prevention System is rated Excellent. The car avoided collision in the 12-mph and 25-mph track tests and has a forward collision warning system that meets National Highway Safety Administration Standards, according to IIHS.
One day Nexo may become more common, and is used even in fleets. Starting the self-driving car Aurora has been working with Hyundai and Kia since last year to integrate its "Driver" Hyundai Nexo.