Hyundai Gives Santa Cruz Four Trucks

Marine Safety Division Gets Pickups to Help Beachgoers

Hyundai Motor America has made a generous gift to the City of Santa Cruz, California: four Santa Cruz pickups. This is the largest donation the company has ever provided to a municipality and is estimated to be worth an estimated $164,000. These vehicles will be utilized in the Marine Safety Division to lend aid in safeguarding beachgoers in the area.

These automobiles are certain to be revolutionary in terms of boosting our current collection of transportation we have accessible not only for law enforcement but also for urgent responses related to water rescue that takes place throughout the year,” remarked Rob Oatey, the Fire Chief of Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz offers a distinctive safety configuration, with the words “Lifeguard” and “Santa Cruz Fire Dept.” adorning its doors. Additionally, there are load extenders on the roof rack ensuring that heavier items such as watercraft or emergency gear can be comfortably accommodated.

Just about two years ago, Hyundai unleashed the Santa Cruz – a new entry into the compact pickup market that takes on the likes of the freshly-launched Ford Maverick. It can take advantage of either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with natural aspiration for 191 horses and 181 lb-ft of torque or the turbocharged variation with an output of 281 hp and 311 lb-ft. The only transmission option available is an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

We are delighted to contribute to the protection of those who visit Santa Cruz beaches by assisting the City of Santa Cruz Marine Safety Division,” expressed Trevor Lai, senior manager of product planning at Hyundai Motor North America, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony in presence of Fred Keeley and Nathan Nguyen, mayor and public works director of Santa Cruz.

At the present, the small truck section is relatively unpopulated; Ford stands as the exclusive direct contender. For the 2022 model year, the automaker revealed their latest addition to its lineup, the Maverick, which sits beneath the larger Ranger. As for Toyota, although teasers of a potential challenger to the Maverick and Santa Cruz have been seen, it is still simply conjecture.

During the year’s initial quarter, Santa Cruz sales had risen 11 percent to just above 9,300 purchases. The Maverick also experienced a similar surge in sales throughout the same time-frame; yet its selling has exceeded that of Santa Cruz, as Ford moved nearly 21,500 vehicles. It is possible that the additional exposure will give Santa Cruz transactions a boost.

Source: Hyundai

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