Park Primates Take Over Hyundai i30 for Wear-and-Tear Test

Most wear-and-tear automobile tests don't involve primate testers, but testing for the new Hyundai i30 (Elantra) did. Baboons at the Knowsley Safari Park outside of London, England known for their love of trashing visitor's vehicles that get too close (including, most famously, English soccer star Wayne Rooney's vehicle last year), were given the challenge of "testing" the new Hyundai for an incredible ten hours recently, and they certainly put the vehicle through its paces.

Felicity Wood, Hyundai i30 product manager, explains the process, stating, "You have to be pretty brave to subject a car to the most rigorous quality testers in the world, and the monkeys certainly gave our new-generation i30 a thorough examination," and Knowsley Safari Park General Manager David Ross elaborates, " These baboons are incredibly inquisitive," he says. "If you put them on any car, they will scour it for the weak points and find any faults. At one point, there were 40 monkeys in the car, pushing it to its limits - that's 10 times the size of the average human family."1 Incredibly, the i30 only incurred minor damage.

It seems the new Hyundai i30 can handle nearly anything! And, though baboons certainly put more stress on a vehicle than typical families and children might, it still goes to show that the brand is dedicated to producing some of the most expertly-constructed vehicles on the market. For more information about new Hyundai vehicles, stop by Lujack Hyundai, conveniently located at 3700 N Harrison Street Davenport, IA 52805 or contact us today for more information.

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