Marks Second Year in a Row that Kona has accomplished a Winter Vehicle Award from the New England Motor Press Association \tKona is also the 2019 North American Utility of the Year. The Hyundai Kona was conferred Best-in-Class Subcompact SUV by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA). This points the second year in a series that Kona has been acknowledged by NEMPA in its Winter Vehicle Awards. \u201cKona continues to rack up awards as a testament to its product excellence,\u201d said Mike O\u2019Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. \u201cKona sets the benchmark for its segment, with a 1.6L Turbo combining outstanding efficiency and robust power along with cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading available safety features.\u201d NEMPA members evaluated numerous vehicles during the winter months to determine which prove their ability and agility in some of the toughest driving conditions and in one of the most densely populated and geographically-distinct regions in America. Vehicles selected for the Winter Vehicle Awards offer a combination of winter-specific features and options plus the dynamic qualities that make for safe, enjoyable, and competent all-weather driving. The Kona was specifically called out for its confident handling and winter-friendly amenities by NEMPA members. Kona continues to be recognized for all-around excellence by the industry. In 2019, Kona has been named North American Utility of the Year\u00ae, a\u00a0Car and\u00a0Driver 10Best Truck and SUV, Crossover of the Year by Texas Motor Press Association and Best Subcompact SUV for the Money by\u00a0U.S. News & World Report.