The units, two Hyundai Santa Fé CRDi and two Hyundai Sonata 2.0, were delivered at an informal ceremony at the Entreposto Lisboa Hyundai stand in Olivais. Entreposto VH, Hyundai's agent for Portugal, were represented by brand manager Heitor de Morais, while Euro 2004, S.A. were represented by Colin Smith and Sharon Burkhalter, heads of the marketing and operations divisions respectively.
'More models to choose from'
Morais said: "It is a privilege for us once again to join UEFA as official partner of the UEFA European Football Championship. We started our relationship in EURO 2000™ and it was a very successful one. Then, we had fewer car models than nowadays. We hope to work together with UEFA and Euro 2004, S.A. to strengthen our relationship and to make the tournament with our contribution a success."
Smith added: "I am very happy to take delivery of the first Hyundai vehicles. Hyundai, UEFA and Euro 2004, S.A. have always shared excellent co-operation and we look forward once again to Hyundai being a driving force behind UEFA EURO 2004™." Burkhalter said: "Transportation is a key element of the event and I am confident that the fleet of cars provided by our official partner, Hyundai, will enable us to provide comfortable transportation to many officials, guests and staff."
Four units delivered
The four units delivered today will be at the disposal of Euro 2004, S.A. and will be joined shortly by two top-of-the-range XG 350 models, which were unveiled last month at the Geneva International Motor Show. As part of their sponsorship of EURO 2004™, Hyundai will provide all official cars and are a tournament partner.
This is the second time that Entreposto VH have co-operated with EURO 2004™. In January 2002, at the tournament's qualifying draw in Europarque, the company supplied 40 Hyundai units that transported participants, observers and delegates to the event.
In the upcoming months, Hyundai will continue to deliver vehicles to the organisation, with extra frequency in November 2003 and June 2004, during the final tournament draw in Lisbon and the event itself.
Seven different models
From its full range of passenger cars and commercial vehicles, Hyundai and UEFA have selected seven different models to meet their specific needs - the Centennial and the XG from the top of the range, the Sonata and the Santa Fé as executive cars, the Matrix and the Accent as multi-purpose cars, and the H1 (in its van and nine-person versions) as both cargo and passenger vehicles.
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